Pin, Theodore Roosevelt, 1904

Pin, Theodore Roosevelt, 1904

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Theodore Roosevelt assumed the presidency after the assassination of William McKinley in 1901. This leather pin was produced during his 1904 Republican campaign for election to a full term in his own right. It is modeled on the hat worn by the Rough Riders, the popular name given to the First U.S. Volunteer Calvary which fought in the Spanish-American War. Led by Colonel Theodore Roosevelt, the unit garnered more publicity than any other during the Cuban campaign. Republicans capitalized on his fame as a war hero and images of Roosevelt as a soldier appeared on many artifacts in his vice presidential and presidential campaigns. In 1904, he easily defeated both the Democratic nominee Alton Parker and the Socialist candidate Eugene V. Debs. This victory made Roosevelt the first person to win his own full term after ascending to the office upon the death of the previous president.
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Roosevelt, Theodore
Physical Description
leather (label material)
overall: 1 3/4 in x 2 1/4 in; 4.445 cm x 5.715 cm
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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
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National Museum of American History
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