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Herriman, George Josephlocked

(22 August 1880–25 April 1944)
  • M. Thomas Inge

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Herriman, George Joseph (22 August 1880–25 April 1944), cartoonist, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, the son of George Herriman, Jr., a tailor, and Clara Morel. There is uncertainty about Herriman’s ethnic background. His birth certificate identified him as “Colored,” his parents were listed in the 1880 New Orleans federal census as “Mulatto,” but his death certificate noted that he was “Caucasian.” During his lifetime, friends often thought he was Greek or French because of his Adonis-like appearance, and he has been called a “Creole.” The family moved to Los Angeles when Herriman was a child, and his father opened a barbershop and then a bakery....

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