In early 2017, our fourth floor will be transformed into a new destination for historical education and innovation. During the current renovation, objects from our permanent collection are on view throughout the Museum.
The Course of Empire: Desolation
Oil on canvas (relined)
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Overall: 35 1/2 x 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 in. (90.2 x 3.8 x 3.8 cm)
William Howard Taft.
The 1908 campaign cane of William Howard Taft of Ohio includes a pewter head typical of campaign canes of the era. Taft was a member of Roosevelt's cabinet, and the two were close friends. This cane was mass produced for Taft supporters. After leaving office, Roosevelt turned on his hand-picked successor and ran against him in 1912.
Gift of Lou and Barbara Grumet
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
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