James Buchanan Commemorative Token

Description (Brief)
This token was made by the Scovill Manufacturing Company of Waterbury, Connecticut during the early 20th century. Scovill was established in 1802 as a button manufacturer and 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 commemorative tokens.
Obverse: Bust of James Buchanan facing right. Legend: 15TH PRESIDENT, U.S.A. 1857-1861/ JAMES BUCHANAN.
Reverse: Legend: "OLD BUCK"/ "OLD PUBLIC FUNCTIONARY"/ PRIVATE IN WAR OF 1812/ CONGRESSMAN/ UNITED STATES SENATOR/ SECRETARY OF STATE/ MINISTER OF ENGLAND/ TRIED TO AVERT CIVIL WAR BUT BELIEVED IN STATE RIGHTS.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
medal, political
depicted
Buchanan, James
maker
Scovill Manufacturing Company
Measurements
overall: 2.5 cm; in
ID Number
1981.0296.1262
accession number
1981.0296
catalog number
1981.0296.1262
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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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