Harry S Truman, placed in the Presidency by Roosevelt's death, was nominated to run in 1948 against the Republican candidate,
Thomas E. Dewey. The Progressive Citizens of America nominated former vice president Henry Wallace who ran on an equal rights
and disarmament platform. Walt Kelly, creator of Pogo, caricatured Wallace's eccentricity, Truman's blindness, and Dewey's
machine-like efficiency in this cartoon (41A-1067119). Dewey did run a smooth campaign, which Kelly often satirized. Here he is shown
with Hubert Humphrey, printing policies favoring big business
He is depicted as an adding machine in this cartoon, which
parodies the attitude of all three candidates toward the New Deal
(41C-1067121). Dewey ran confidently, playing up his image as an
experienced political leader.
Elections by Year
41A-1067119 Walt Kelly, "They're Off," cartoon, The New York Star 26 July 1948.