Campaign Card, 1880


In the 1880 presidential campaign, the Democratic party ran Winfield Scott Hancock as their presidential candidate. Hancock was seen as an ideal choice, a war hero who fought bravely for the Union at Gettysburg, and even Republicans acknowledged his upstanding reputation. At a time when both parties often used the image of a rooster to indicate their pride and fighting abilities, this card links Hancock’s battlefield bravery to that of a fighting cock. Unfortunately for him, Hancock lost to James Garfield by the smallest popular vote margin in U.S. History.

Associated Date: 1880 11 02

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: PL.227739.1880.W01 [dup1]Catalog Number: 227739.1880.W01

Object Name: Card


Record Id: nmah_516213

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