New Yorkers and the Presidential Campaign

Museum of the City of New York

This exhibition features political ephemera from the collections of the Museum of the City of New York.  While most of collection is related local political campaigns, these objects speak to New Yorkers' support of Presidential candidates.

1876
Rutherford B. Hayes and William A. Wheeler

Rutherford B. Hayes (1822-1893) and William A. Wheeler (1819-1887) served as the 19th President and Vice President of the United States (1877-1881).

1888
Benjamin Harrison and Levi Morton

Benjamin Harrison (1833-1901) and Levi P. Morton (1824-1920) ran together on the Republican ticket in 1888, against incumbent President Grover Cleveland.

The 1888 election is notable as the third of four instances in which the winner, Harrison, won the Electoral College, but not the popular vote. This would not occur again until 2000, when George W. Bush was elected over Al Gore.

1896
William McKinley and Garret Hobart

William McKinley (1843-1901) and Garret Hobart (1844-1899) ran together on the Republican ticket in the 1896 Presidential election. McKinley was elected 25th President, and Hobart as Vice President.

This ribbon badge reflects the support of McKinley and Hobart by the 31st Senate Assembly District, now representing the far western portion of Manhattan above midtown.

McKinley also advocated for maintaining the nation's economy according to the gold standard, rather than the production of silver coin which led to inflationary monetary policy.

This badge proclaims "protection," referring to McKinley's policy of applying tariffs on imported goods to promote American industry.

McKinley's continued adherence to the gold standard was often referred to as "sound money."

This medal features a sliding panel which allows someone to select "sound money" and McKinley and Hobart, to see their dollar retains its value, while "free silver" reduces it to 50 cents.

Vice President Garrett Hobart developed a serious heart ailment in 1898, and dying in 1899, was unable to serve as McKinely's running mate for the Presidential Election of 1900.

1896
John M. Palmer and Simon Bolivar Buckner

John M. Palmer (1817-1900) and Simon Bolivar Buckner (1823-1914) were running mates in the 1896 election on the National Democratic ticket, a conservative sprinter group. 79 year-old Palmer and 73 year-old Buckner represented the oldest combined age presidential ticket in American history.

1900
William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) joined the Republican ticket as the Vice Presidential candidate with McKinley for the 1900 campaign, and was elected 25th Vice President of the United States.

Born in New York City, Roosevelt began his career in politics in the New York State Assembly in 1882, serving until 1884.

Following the assassination of President William McKinley in 1901, Roosevelt succeeded him as the 26th President. He was re-elected to a full term in 1904, and served until 1909.

This badge shows the support of the Hide and Leather Merchants for McKinley and Roosevelt, who continued to run on McKinley's established support of "sound money" policy.

1904
Alton B. Parker and Henry G. Davis

Alton B. Parker (1852-1926) and Henry G. Davis (1823-1916), Democratic candidates for president in 1904, were defeated in a landslide by incumbent Theodore Roosevelt.

Parker was referred to as a "Bourbon" Democrat. The term is believed to have originated with a group of anti-Reconstruction, conservative extremist Democrats in Bourbon County, Kentucky. Through later identification with the Bourbon dynasty in France, Democrats who sought to maintain the aristocracy and social traditions of the Old South, also became known as "Bourbons."

1908
William Howard Taft and James S. Sherman

The Presidential election of 1908 pitched Republicans William Howard Taft (1857-1930) and James S. Sherman (1855-1912) against incumbent Theodore Roosevelt. Taft and Sherman were victorious.

The 1908 election was the first in which a primary election system was introduced into the process for the nomination of a Republican candidate.

1940
Wendell Willkie vs. Franklin D. Roosevelt

Wendell Wilkie (1892-1944), campaigned as the Republican candidate against Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945) in the 1940 Presidential race.

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