Stephen A. Douglas Campaign Medal

Description (Brief)
This presidential campaign medal was made by the Scovill Manufacturing Company of Waterbury, Connecticut around 1860. The Scovill Company was established in 1802 as a button manufacturer that is still in business today. Scovill was an early industrial American innovator, adapting armory manufacturing processes to mass-produce a variety of consumer goods including campaign medals. This medal reads “Merriam,” for mid-19th century Boston die caster Joseph H. Merriam.
Obverse: Bust of Stephen A. Douglas facing left. Legend reads: STEPHEN A. DOUGLAS/ BORN APRIL 23, 1813.
Reverse: Two laurel branches with bow at bottom. Legend reads: DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE/ UNION AND EQUALITY 1860.
Currently not on view
Object Name
medal, political
Douglas, Stephen A.
Scovill Manufacturing Company
overall: 2.8 cm; 1 1/8 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Industry & Manufacturing
Government, Politics, and Reform
Scovill Manufacturing Collection
Presidential Campaign of 1860
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Work and Industry: Production and Manufacturing
Scovill Manufacturing Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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