Pin, William McKinley, 1896

Pin, William McKinley, 1896

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The election of 1896 featured many items which poked fun at the “other guy.” This five-inch wide “Bryan dollar” showed how big a coin would have to be to be worth a dollar under the silver standard promoted by Democratic presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan. Bryan lost the election to William McKinley, the Republican candidate and supporter of maintaining the gold standard.
Object Name
date made
c 1890s
associated date
associated person
McKinley, William
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
overall: 2 in x 2 1/4 in; 5.08 cm x 5.715 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
American University
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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