Button, Harry S. Truman, 1948


Harry S. Truman assumed the presidency upon the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1945. In what many observers called the greatest upset in presidential election history, Truman won his own full term in 1948 defeating three other candidates: Thomas Dewey (Republican), Strom Thurmond (States’ Rights Democratic), and Henry Wallace (Progressive) who finished in that order. The design on this button is very similar to one used in Roosevelt’s campaigns and by many subsequent candidates.

Date Made: 1948Used Date: 1948

Referenced: Truman, Harry S.

Related Event: Presidential Campaign of 1948

Subject: Political Campaigns

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

Exhibition: American Democracy

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2013.0211.065Accession Number: 2013.0211Catalog Number: 2013.0211.065

Object Name: button

Physical Description: metal (overall material)red (overall color)white (overall color)blue (overall color)Measurements: overall: 1 1/4 in x 1 1/4 in; 3.175 cm x 3.175 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ae-1713-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1462903

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