Pin, William Jennings Bryan, 1896


William Jennings Bryan’s 1896 presidential campaign used many different pins in the shape of a “silver bug” to reflect the Democratic Party’s endorsement of the silver standard. Republican pins featured a “gold bug,” the nickname given to supporters of the gold standard which was the preferred Republican policy. Both campaigns produced versions of this mechanical “bug” pin. The wearer pressed a button causing the wings to open revealing images of the appropriate candidates. This pin shows Bryan and his running mate Arthur Sewall, a businessman from Maine. Bryan and Sewall were defeated by the Republican ticket of William McKinley and Garret Hobart.

Date Made: 1896

Location: Currently not on view

See more items in: Political History: Political History, General History Collection, American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith


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Credit Line: Robert N. Ferrell

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1986.1040.014Catalog Number: 1986.1040.014Accession Number: 1986.1040

Object Name: Pin


Record Id: nmah_1051537

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