Campaign Badge, Cleveland/Thurman


Grover Cleveland, the first Democrat to win the presidency in 28 years, represented one of the most polarizing figures of the Gilded Age. To some he represented forbearance and restraint, vetoing many bills he viewed as examples of government over-reach, and to others he exemplified manly, Victorian stability – a solid, boring father for the county. His enemies saw him as a pleasant face covering the revitalization of a Democratic party that they blamed for secession, Civil War, and the brutal violence of Reconstruction. These mixed views of Cleveland meant that he was the only president to serve two non-contiguous terms in office, winning in 1884, losing the electoral vote in 1888, and winning office again in 1892.

Associated Person: Cleveland, Grover

General Subject Association: Political CampaignsUsed: 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

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2015.0200.022Accession Number: 2015.0200Catalog Number: 2015.0200.022

Object Name: Badge

Physical Description: glass (overall material)metal (overall material)Measurements: overall: 1 1/4 in x 1 in; 3.175 cm x 2.54 cm


Record Id: nmah_501202

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