Taft Campaign Figurine, 1908

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Democratic and Republican Party leaders would never have chosen the animals that Thomas Nast did to popularize their policies and ideas. The parties typically adopted national symbols, such as the eagle and the flag. After 1840 the Democratic Party often represented itself as a rooster. Such symbols contended, unsuccessfully, with the popularity of donkeys and elephants into the 20th century.
This pot metal elephant figurine features an image of Republican candidate in 1908 William Howard Taft.
associated person
Taft, William Howard
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
overall: 4 3/4 in x 7 in x 2 in; 12.065 cm x 17.78 cm x 5.08 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Political Campaigns
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Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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