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 various consumer goods including buttons, daguerreotype mats, and political tokens.
Obverse: Bust of James Buchanan facing right. Legend: 15TH PRESIDENT, U.S.A./ 1857-1861/ JAMES BUCHANAN.
Reverse: "OLD BUCK"/ "OLD PUBLIC FUNCTIONARY"/ PRIVATE IN WAR OF 1812 CONGRESSMAN UNITED STATES SENATOR SECRETARY OF STATE MINISTER TO 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
1981.0296.1284
accession number
1981.0296
catalog number
1981.0296.1284
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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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