Ding Ding! Its Jay "Ding" Darling

Legendary Political Cartoonist

Stealing the Dean's Horse-and-Buggy was a thing?

Jay Norwood Darling, better known as "Ding" Darling, was born in Norwood, Michigan then relocated to Sioux City, Iowa when he was 10 years old. He went to college in South Dakota at Yankton College, but was dismissed for stealing the dean's horse-and-buggy for an evening of fun. Then he went to Beloit College in Wisconsin with the intentions to study medicine. Even though he was very focused on his applied major, he became enthralled in his job as art editor for the college yearbook.

Contributions

Darling penned some conservation cartoons and he was an important figure in the conservation movement otherwise


Darling was elected as a member of the Boone and Crockett Club, a wildlife conservation organization, on December 13, 1934.


He was instrumental in founding the National Wildlife Federation in 1936, when President Franklin Roosevelt convened the first North American Wildlife Conference (now the North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference), administered by the American Wildlife Institute (now Wildlife Management Institute).

SOME COMICS DONE BY D'ING HIMSELF

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TL;DR

ABOUT

Cartoonist who won the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning twice: once in 1924 for his cartoon, In Good Old USA, and also in 1943 for What a Place for a Waste Paper Salvage Campaign.


BEFORE FAME

He became a reporter for the Sioux City Journal in 1900, and then joined the New York Herald, where he began drawing editorial cartoons.


TRIVIA

He created the Federal Duck Stamp program to raise money for protection of migratory birds, and drew the first stamp.


FAMILY LIFE

He was born in Norwood, Michigan, his father a minister, and at 10 years of age moved with his family to Sioux City, Iowa.


ASSOCIATED WITH

President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed him to head up the U.S. Biological Survey, the predecessor of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.