Ferrotype Medalette Collection, 1860

Ferrotype Medalette Collection, 1860

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Thirteen-year-old Goodwin Palmer documented the election of 1860 with a collection of four ferrotype medalettes picturing that year’s presidential candidates, each attached by thread to a piece of card stock. Abraham Lincoln won a plurality of the popular vote in the four-way race, followed by Stephen A. Douglas, John C. Breckinridge, and John Bell.
Object Name
Medalettes, Set of
associated date
associated person
Lincoln, Abraham
Physical Description
paper, metal (overall material)
overall: 5 3/4 in x 9 in; 14.605 cm x 22.86 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
The 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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