James A. Garfield Commemorative Token

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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 a variety of consumer goods including buttons, daguerreotype mats, and political tokens.
Obverse: Bust of James Garfield facing right. Legend: 20TH PRESIDENT, U.S.A./ 1881-DIED/ ASSASSINATED/ JAMES A. GARFIELD.
Reverse: "TEACHER PRESIDENT"/ "NOT A MAN OF IRON, BUT OF LIVE OAK"/ MAJ. GEN. IN CIVIL WAR CONGRESSMAN/ ASSASSINATED SIX MONTHS AFTER INAUGURATION.
Location
Currently not on view
depicted
Garfield, James A.
maker
Scovill Manufacturing Company
Measurements
overall: 2.5 cm; in
ID Number
1981.0296.1287
accession number
1981.0296
catalog number
1981.0296.1287
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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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