William Bryan Campaign Button, 1896, 1900

Whitehead & Hoag Company1896/1900

The Henry Ford

The Henry Ford
Dearborn, MI, United States

In the late 1890s, many Democrats, Populists and Western-state Republicans, campaigned for the unlimited coinage of silver at a 16 to 1 ratio -- 16 ounces of silver to 1 ounce of gold. Proponents believed that this policy would inflate prices, make money readily available, relieve debt and boost a depressed economy. William Jennings Bryan used this popular catchphrase in both his campaigns against William McKinley. He lost.


  • Title: William Bryan Campaign Button, 1896, 1900
  • Creator: Whitehead & Hoag Company
  • Date Created: 1896/1900
  • Location: United States, New Jersey, Newark
  • Subject Keywords: Bryan, William Jennings, 1860-1925, Democratic Party (U.S.), Political campaigns, Presidential elections, Presidential candidates, Buttons (Information artifacts)
  • Type: Objects
  • Contributor: The Henry Ford
  • Original Source: Digital Collections
  • Object Name: Button (Information artifact)
  • Object ID: 72.31.280
  • Image ID: THF156472
  • Credit: From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

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