Pin, William McKinley, 1896

Pin, William McKinley, 1896

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William McKinley’s 1896 presidential campaign offered many items featuring a “gold bug,” the nickname for supporters of the gold standard, a key tenet of the Republican platform. Democrats endorsed the silver standard and countered with “silver bug” objects. This Republican “bug,” more than three inches in height, was one of the largest of the many metal lapel pins produced for this election in which McKinley defeated his Democratic opponent William Jennings Bryan.
Object Name
associated person
Bryan, William Jennings
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
brownish gold (overall color)
overall: 3 1/4 in x 3 1/2 in x 1 in; 8.255 cm x 8.89 cm x 2.54 cm
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catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Mendel Peterson
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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Appears to be many styles of this bug out there. I have same one of same size and style that is identical to one in an older hardware book, It's solid, made of brass by P.F. Corbin There was another slightly larger bug also made, I never found.

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