|When it comes to waving the red, white and blue for the faithful Republicans you know, there are literally trunks full of Republican elephant gifts. But how did the patriotic pachyderm come to represent one of America’s two major political parties?
Way back in the latter part of the 19th century, there was a convergence of two totally unrelated stories, carried by the New York Herald. The first had to do with the rumored possibility that Ulysses S. Grant would run for a third term, even though he was only mid-way through his second, in 1874. This dismayed even his own party, the Republicans, who began to take the charges of “Caesarism”, seriously. Even if they were made by the Democrats.