Right to Petition Cane

Right to Petition Cane

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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
Date made
associated person
Powell, Jay
Adams, John Quincy
Physical Description
metal, gold (overall material)
silk (tassle material)
overall: 91.3 cm; 35 15/16 in
overall top: 2 5/16 in; x 5.842 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
African American
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Political and Military History: Political History, Presidential History 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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