Most of Nast’s election-year cartoons were attacks on Greeley and the Liberal
Republicans and Democrats, rather than positive portrayals of Grant and the
regular Republicans, but there are some examples of the latter. One of the more
fanciful celebrations of hero worship is “William Tell Will Not Surrender or Bow
to the Old Hat” (May 25, 1872), which depicts President Ulysses S. Grant as the
legendary Swiss archer and patriot, William Tell.