Button, George McGovern, 1972

Button, George McGovern, 1972

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After George McGovern, senator from South Dakota, won the nomination at the 1972 Democratic National Convention, the difficult task of selecting his running mate began. Following hours of debate over numerous candidates, Senator Thomas Eagleton of Missouri was chosen as the vice-presidential candidate. Less than three weeks after the convention, Eagleton withdrew from the ticket in the aftermath of the revelation that he had been hospitalized three times for depression and had twice received electro-shock therapy. He was replaced on the ticket by Sargent Shriver, former head of the Peace Corps and brother-in-law of President John F. Kennedy. The McGovern-Shriver ticket lost in one of the worst landslides in history to the Republican incumbents President Richard Nixon and Vice President Spiro Agnew.
Object Name
Date made
McGovern, George
Eagleton, Thomas
Physical Description
blue; white (overall color)
metal (overall material)
overall: 1 1/8 in; x 2.8575 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Political Campaigns
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Political and Military History: Political History, Campaign Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
American Democracy
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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