History - Campaign Trail
Not every approved of America's changing role in world politics. This is a campaign button for William Jennings Bryan.
William McKinley for President, 1900. McKinley campaigned on a platform of patriotism and prosperity: appealing to Americans’ sense of patriotism over victory in the Spanish-American War, and recalling the economic panic during Grover Cleveland’s administration eight years prior (and the surge in economic growth since McKinley’s first term).
President's Prayer Club, c. 1990
Bryan Eclipses McKinley, 1896
Samuel Tilden won the popular vote over Republican Rutherford B. Hayes, but he was one vote short of the required electoral college majority. A 15-member Electoral Commission, created to determine who would be awarded the remaining electoral votes from the states in dispute, voted along party lines, granting Hayes the win.
During the presidential campaign of 1860, Abraham Lincoln courted the support of German-Americans, who numbered over a million by that time. They opposed slavery, and many were spurred on by the revolution-minded Forty-Eighters, who galvanized support in German communities for the Republican Party.
The 1880 presidential election saw Ohioan James A. Garfield and his running mate, Chester A. Arthur, defeat Civil War General Winfield Scott Hancock and William Hayden English. Arthur would become president in 1881, following the assassination of Garfield. Garfield & Arthur campaign ribbon from Heritage Auctions (HA.com)
Campaign button from the Bill Clinton for President campaign; it’s unclear whether this is from 1992 or 1996.
Campaign button promoting the support of the Building & Construction Trades union for Democratic presidential hopeful Jimmy Carter and his running mate, Walter “Fritz” Mondale, in 1976.
By the spring and summer of 1983, chants of “Run, Jesse, Run!” could be heard at many of Jesse Jackson’s speaking engagements.
President Taft (1909–1913) publicly supported the burgeoning movements of the day to create playgrounds and recreation areas for kids in urban areas.
Jane Wyman was Right! (Anti-Ronald Reagan Button from 1984). Actress Jane Wyman was Reagan’s first wife; they married in 1940 after meeting on a film set. Wyman filed for divorce in 1948.
Weeks before the 1964 presidential election, Walter Jenkins, a longtime aide to President Johnson, was caught by police in a YMCA men’s room in Washington, D.C. having sex with another man. It was a shocking arrest, not least to his wife and six children. Johnson was taken aback as well, saying, “I couldn’t have been more shocked about Walter Jenkins if I’d heard that Lady Bird had tried to kill the Pope.” The story was leaked to the press and Jenkins submitted his resignation to Johnson, bef...
A rallying cry of Students for a Democratic Society, the 1960s “New Left” student activists. The SDS called for social and economic justice, participatory democracy, an end to the draft and a withdrawal of U.S. troops from Vietnam. They organized teach-ins, sit-ins and demonstrations, including a march on Washington on April 17, 1965, which drew an estimated 25,000 anti-war protestors.