Campaign Pin, BryanMcKinley

Campaign Pin, Bryan/McKinley

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This button was designed to be worn by Republicans or Democrats or even undecided voters! Pushing the lever at the top would cause one of three images to appear in the window at the bottom—a picture of Republican candidate William McKinley, a picture of Democratic candidate William Jennings Bryan, or a panel saying “Here He Is.” Instructions on the back of the button explained: "Oh Stop Guessing! Presidential Problem Solved. Hold Button So Capitol Is Upright, Press Steeple and Candidate Appearing Most is a Sure Winner. Inclining Capitol Slightly to Either Side, One of the Candidate’s [sic] Will Appear Mostly. Select Your Choice, Lock Steeple, and Wear as a Campaign Button." McKinley emerged as the “sure winner” defeating Bryan in 1896 and again in 1900.
Object Name
Pin, Mechanical
associated person
McKinley, William
Bryan, William Jennings
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
overall: 1 1/4 in; 3.175 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Ralph E. Becker Collection of Political Americana
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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