Pin, William McKinley, 1896


William McKinley’s 1896 presidential campaign offered many items featuring a “gold bug,” the nickname for supporters of the gold standard, a key tenet of the Republican platform. Democrats endorsed the silver standard and countered with “silver bug” objects. This Republican “bug,” more than three inches in height, was one of the largest of the many metal lapel pins produced for this election in which McKinley defeated his Democratic opponent William Jennings Bryan.

Associated Person: Bryan, William Jennings

General Subject Association: Political Campaigns


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

Exhibition: American Democracy

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Credit Line: Mendel Peterson

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: PL.233303.01Catalog Number: 233303.01Accession Number: 233303

Object Name: Pin

Physical Description: metal (overall material)brownish gold (overall color)Measurements: overall: 3 1/4 in x 3 1/2 in x 1 in; 8.255 cm x 8.89 cm x 2.54 cm


Record Id: nmah_491942

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