Harrison Campaign Pin, 1888


This pin declares the wearer’s support for Benjamin Harrison, president from 1889 to 1893, but Harrison was not a widely liked figure in Washington. Although a captivating public speaker, in person Harrison was considers aloof and distant, often referred to as a “cold fish.” He never succeeded in winning the popular vote against Grover Cleveland, in either his 1888 or 1892 presidential campaigns, and won few new allies over the course of his administration. However, in an age of intense partisanship, wearing a pin with Harrisons name on it often declared ones support for the Republican party as a whole, rather than Harrison in particular.

Date Made: 1888Associated Date: 1888

Associated Person: Harrison, Benjamin

General Subject Association: Political CampaignsUsed: Political Campaigns


See more items in: Political and Military 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: 2015.0200.036Accession Number: 2015.0200Catalog Number: 2015.0200.036

Object Name: Pin, Bar

Physical Description: enamel (overall material)metal (overall material)Measurements: overall: 1 in x 2 in x 1/4 in; 2.54 cm x 5.08 cm x .635 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b4-3bcf-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_501236

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