Herblock (age 114)

October 13, 1909
United States

Herblock (Journalist, Cartoonist)

[Herblock] Introduction

Herbert Lawrence Block, commonly known as Herblock, was a highly esteemed American editorial cartoonist and author renowned for his commentaries on national domestic and foreign policy. Over the course of his impressive nine decade career, he received numerous awards and honors, including three Pulitzer Prizes for editorial cartooning (1942, 1954, and 1979), a shared Pulitzer Prize in 1973 for Public Service on Watergate, the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1994), the National Cartoonist Society Editorial Cartoon Award in 1957 and 1960, the Reuben Award in 1956, the Gold Key Award (the National Cartoonists Society Hall of Fame) in 1979, and more.

[Herblock] Career

Herblock was the youngest of three boys born in Chicago in a family of mixed religious backgrounds, he had a Catholic mother and a father of Jewish descent. From a young age He was naturally gifted with art, attending classes at the Art Institute of Chicago from the age of eleven. After leaving college late in his second year he was hired to replace the Chicago Daily News' departing editorial cartoonist, where he then moved to Cleveland in 1933 to work for the Newspaper Enterprise Association. Over the course of his career, he won two Pulitzer Prizes and was syndicated by Creators Syndicate to newspapers all over the world. He never married, and dedicated the entirety of his life to his work, listing The Washington Post as his only address.

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  • Cartoonist