medal, van Buren, Democracy


When Martin Van Buren ran for President as a Democrat, in 1836, he relied on his role as founder of the Democratic party, back in 1827, and stressed his connections to the previous Democratic president, Andrew Jackson. This medal’s invocation of “Democracy and Our Country” makes that argument, at a time when “Democracy” often meant the Democratic Party, not the entire political system. The medal also works to connect that party to a nation dominated by farmers, through the depiction of agricultural tools.

Associated Person: Van Buren, Martin

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

Exhibition: American Democracy

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Credit Line: The Ralph E Becker Collection of Political Americana

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: PL.227739.1836.B02Catalog Number: 227739.1836.B02

Object Name: Medal

Physical Description: metal, brass (overall material)


Record Id: nmah_504976

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