Taft Campaign Figurine, 1908


Democratic and Republican Party leaders would never have chosen the animals that Thomas Nast did to popularize their policies and ideas. The parties typically adopted national symbols, such as the eagle and the flag. After 1840 the Democratic Party often represented itself as a rooster. Such symbols contended, unsuccessfully, with the popularity of donkeys and elephants into the 20th century.

This pot metal elephant figurine features an image of Republican candidate in 1908 William Howard Taft.

Associated Person: Taft, William HowardAssociated Institution: Republican National Party

Location: Currently not on view

Used: Political Campaigns


See more items in: Political and Military History: Political History, Presidential History Collection, Government, Politics, and Reform, American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith


Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: The Ralph E Becker Collection of Political Americana

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: PL.227739.1908.O01Accession Number: 227739Catalog Number: 227739.1908.O01

Object Name: Metal Elephant, Taftelephant, metalStatue

Physical Description: metal (overall material)Measurements: overall: 4 3/4 in x 7 in x 2 in; 12.065 cm x 17.78 cm x 5.08 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746aa-777d-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1199321

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