American cartoonist Harry J. Westerman was born in Parkersburg, West Virginia, and attended the Columbus Ohio Art School. He joined the staff of the Ohio State Journal in 1897. From 1901, his cartoons appeared in many publications. He was a regular artist for Puck in the 1910s, and his social and sentimental cartoons were syndicated by McClure. In 1913-14, he was the artist of 'The Dinkelspiels', a strip written by George V. Hobart, which was strongly inspired by 'The Katzenjammer Kids'. His work has been collected in cartoon books like 'A Book of Cartoons' (1912) and 'The Young Lady Across the Way' (1913).