Benjamin Harrison * 1889-1893, Grover Cleveland * 1885-1889, 1893-1897
Benjamin Harrison (1833-1901)
Term of Office: 1889-1893
Grover Cleveland (1837-1908)
Term of Office: 1885-1889
and Twenty-Fourth President
Term of Office: 1893-1897
Depicted here is a very small sampling of the early "pre-button" campaign items as noted in the Origin of Political Buttons page. The first ribbon is from the 1892 Presidential election, and along with Grover Cleveland, includes a photograph of his Vice-Presidential running-mate, Thomas A. Hendricks (1819-1885). Note the two Cleveland metal type items and pins, one being a souvenir item from his 1893 Inauguration in Washington.
The "Portrait Badge" at the bottom is from the 1888 campaign and depicts Benjamin Harrison along with his Vice-Presidential running mate, Levi P. Morton (1824-1920). A portrait badge is simply a photograph, usually on cardboard, placed within a fancy metal frame of some type with a pin on the back.
A second ribbon, of local interest, is from the 1900 Presidential campaign and along with President McKinley and his Vice-presidential running mate that year, Theodore Roosevelt, identifies George A. Pearre (1860-1923). Pearre was from Allegany County and represented the Sixth Congressional District in the United States Congress. The ribbon was produced by one of the locally active Republican political clubs, this one being in Frostburg.
The two McKinley items placed on the ribbon, as well as the William Jennings Bryan item at the bottom, are all studs with a metal shank and meant to be worn through a button-hole or coat lapel.
Campaign paraphernalia, United States, History; Presidents, United States, Election, History.
United States, 1896-2008