Franklin Pierce Commemorative Token

Description (Brief)
This token was made by the Scovill Manufacturing Company of Waterbury, Connecticut during the early 20th century. The Scovill Company 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 various consumer goods including buttons, daguerreotype mats, and political tokens.
Obverse: Bust of Franklin Pierce facing left. Legend: 14TH PRESIDENT, U.S.A./ 1853/ 1857/ FRANKLIN PIERCE.
Reverse: "POOR PIERCE"/ "FIRES OF CIVIL WAR LIGHTED"/ CONGRESSMAN UNITED STATES SENATOR BRIGADIER GENERAL IN MEXICAN WAR GREATER SOLDIER THAN STATESMAN FAVORED SLAVERY UNTIL OUTBREAK OF CIVIL WAR.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
medal, political
depicted
Pierce, Franklin
maker
Scovill Manufacturing Company
Measurements
overall: 2.5 cm; in
ID Number
1981.0296.1283
accession number
1981.0296
catalog number
1981.0296.1283
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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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