Our museum is temporarily closed to support the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. Read a message from our director, and check our website and social media for updates.

Right to Petition Cane

Right to Petition Cane

<< >>
Usage conditions apply
Downloads
Description
Julius Pratt and Company presented John Quincy Adams with this ivory cane made from a single elephant tusk in recognition of his leadership against the Gag Rule. The cane was decorated with a gold-inlaid eagle holding a petition. On the band below the knob is inscribed “justum et tenacem propositi virum” (a man just and firm of purpose). When the rule was defeated on December 3, 1844, the date was added to the eagle’s wings.
Object Name
Cane
Date made
1844
associated person
Powell, Jay
Adams, John Quincy
Physical Description
metal, gold (overall material)
silk (tassle material)
Measurements
overall: 91.3 cm; 35 15/16 in
overall top: 2 5/16 in; x 5.842 cm
ID Number
PL.016155
catalog number
016155
accession number
13152
subject
African American
Slavery
See more items in
Political and Military History: Political History, Presidential History Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
Exhibition
Exhibition
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
Nominate this object for photography.   

Our collection database is a work in progress. We may update this record based on further research and review. Learn more about our approach to sharing our collection online.

If you would like to know how you can use content on this page, see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use. If you need to request an image for publication or other use, please visit Rights and Reproductions.

Comments

Add a comment about this object