Stephen A. Douglas Campaign Medal

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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.
Location
Currently not on view
depicted
Douglas, Stephen A.
maker
Scovill Manufacturing Company
Measurements
overall: 2.8 cm; 1 1/8 in
ID Number
1981.0296.1118
accession number
1981.0296
catalog number
1981.0296.1118
related event
Presidential Campaign of 1860
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Work and Industry: Production and Manufacturing
Industry & Manufacturing
Scovill Manufacturing Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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