John C. Frémont Campaign Medal

Description (Brief)
This campaign medal was made by the Scovill Manufacturing Company of Waterbury, Connecticut around 1856. 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 buttons, daguerreotype mats, and campaign medals.
Obverse: Bust of John C. Frémont facing right. Legend reads: JOHN. C. FREEMONT. FREE SOIL & FREE SPEECH.
Reverse: Image of eagle with shield, holding a laurel branch and three arrows in its talons. Legend reads: WM. L. DAYTON FREE SPEECH. FREE MEN.
Currently not on view
Object Name
medal, political
Fremont, John Charles
Dayton, William L.
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 1856
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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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