Samuel Grahams Taylor Coverlet

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Description
Samuel Graham made this coverlet honoring Gen. (later President) Zachary Taylor in 1847. It is cotton and wool, with borders of trees while Taylor's profile is part of the repeat design in the center. Below the trees in the border, the words “Rough and Ready” are repeated over and over. The date 1847 appears under a bird in the lower corners. Zachary Taylor became a national hero during the Mexican War, and ran for president in 1848. Samuel Graham was born in Manchester, England, in 1805. He left England about 1823, and eventually settled in Henry County, Indiana. At one time he lived in Delaware County, Indiana. During the Civil War he moved his family to England, but returned to Indiana after the war. He signed his work with a trademark that features a bird on a twig with the date below it. The trademark can be seen in the lower corners of this coverlet.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1847
depicted
Taylor, Zachary
possible maker
Graham, Samuel
weaver
Graham, Samuel
place woven
United States: Indiana, Henry county
Associated Place
United States: Connecticut
Physical Description
double weave (overall production method/technique)
cotton (overall material)
wool (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 95 in x 88 in; 241.3 cm x 223.52 cm
ID Number
TE.T8401
catalog number
T8401
accession number
156229
subject
Political Campaigns
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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