Button, Dwight Eisenhower, 1950s

Button, Dwight Eisenhower, 1950s

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This button is a humorous take on one of the most memorable campaign slogans in American history. “I Like Ike” was based on the nickname of Dwight Eisenhower who first became famous not as a politician but as a military leader. A five-star general, Eisenhower’s role as the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe during World War II made him an attractive post-war candidate to both Republicans and Democrats. Each party tried to convince him to become their presidential nominee in 1952. The Republican “Draft Eisenhower” movement gained momentum when the “I Like Ike” slogan came into use months before Eisenhower officially agreed to contend for the party’s nomination. The majority of voters did like Ike—Eisenhower defeated his Democratic opponent Adlai Stevenson II twice, in 1952 and 1956.
Object Name
button
Measurements
overall: 3/4 in; 1.905 cm
ID Number
2015.0200.124
catalog number
2015.0200.124
accession number
2015.0200
subject
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
Exhibition
American Democracy
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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