Political Ribbon Quilt

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Some partisans were content to wear a ribbon. Quilter Abigail Ann Lane and her husband, William Bagley Lane, acquired enough Whig and William Henry Harrison ribbons to sleep in. The quilt is composed of three different ribbon designs. The most prevalent ribbon commemorates Harrison’s inauguration as president in March 1841 and his death about a month later, a date printed near the bottom of the ribbon that was not part of the original engraving. The quilt is made of 432 ribbons stitched together and backed with plain white linen. According to family tradition, the Lanes acquired—or were left with—an overstock of ribbons for Mrs. Lane to assemble the quilt.
associated person
Harrison, William Henry
Physical Description
textile (overall material)
overall: 96 in x 96 in; 243.84 cm x 243.84 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Political Campaigns
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Political History: Political History, Campaign Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History


We are coming to DC May 5-9. My Great Great Great Grandma Abigail Saunders Lane is the woman that made the quilt. I am one of the two leaders bringing IOWA Garner Hayfield Ventura 8th graders to DC. I am so excited to see the quilt. What a blessing!

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