Herb Block is among the world’s best known and most admired political cartoonists. Born on October 13, 1909, the native Chicagoan spent his 72-year career fighting against abuses of the powerful. He began his editorial cartooning career at the Chicago Daily News and NEA Service before landing at The Washington Post in 1946. He received three Pulitzer Prizes and shared a fourth with The Washington Post for his cartoons. He was the recipient of innumerable awards and honorary degrees, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award the government can give. Herb Block was known as a gentle, self-effacing man with a steely resolve to use his work to bring injustices to light.
To learn more about Herb Block’s personal history, visit the Library of Congress.
To learn more about his work and history with the Washington Post, visit Herblock 1909-2001.
To view an article capturing reflections by his fellow cartoonists, visit Herblock Tribute.
To view an exhibit from the Portrait Gallery - Herblock's Presidents: "Puncturing Pomposity"