Buckle, Theodore Roosevelt, 1904

Buckle, Theodore Roosevelt, 1904

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Theodore Roosevelt assumed the presidency after the assassination of William McKinley in 1901. This buckle was produced during his 1904 Republican campaign to be elected to a full term in his own right. It plays on the association of Roosevelt and bears that began after he refused to shoot a restrained bear on a 1902 hunting trip to Mississippi. President Roosevelt defeated his Democratic challenger Alton Parker in a landslide with Socialist Eugene V. Debs a distant third.
Object Name
Buckle, Belt
associated person
Roosevelt, Theodore
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
gold (overall color)
overall: 2 1/2 in x 1 3/4 in x 1/2 in; 6.35 cm x 4.445 cm x 1.27 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Ralph E. Becker
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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