Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography/Wales, James Albert

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WALES, James Albert, caricaturist, b. in Clyde, Ohio, 30 Aug., 1852; d. in New York, 6 Dec., 1886. After leaving school, he apprenticed himself to a wood-engraver in Toledo, but soon afterward went to Cincinnati, and thence to Cleveland, where he drew cartoons for the “Leader” during the presidential canvass of 1872. After working for some time in Chicago and Cleveland, he went to New York in 1873, and two years later secured an engagement on an illustrated newspaper. Afterward he was employed on “Puck,” in which some of his best works appeared. In 1881 he went abroad, and after his return he became one of the founders of “The Judge,” and was for some time its chief cartoonist. He returned to “Puck” in 1885. Wales was the only prominent caricaturist of the newer school who was a native American. He was clever at portraiture, and produced some excellent cartoons.