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Campaign cane

Campaign cane
Campaign cane
Title
Campaign cane
Date 
ca. 1932
Medium 
Wood, pewter
Dimensions 
Overall: 35 x 1 x 4 1/4 in. (88.9 x 2.5 x 10.8 cm)
Description 
Franklin Delano Roosevelt campaign cane.
Credit Line 
Gift of Lou and Barbara Grumet
Object Number 
2010.24.39
Gallery Label 
The pewter handle of this 1932 campaign cane has "Franklin D. Roosevelt" printed on one side and "For President" on the other. It belongs to a tradition of mass-produced campaign canes made for supporters, extending back to 1868, when canes were first made for Grant and Seymour. When FDR saw the canes being handed out he was furious, as he thought they could be construed as a comment on his polio-related disabilities. He ordered the canes to be destroyed. In 1976, as part of the bicentennial celebrations, Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford both had aluminum canes made on the model of the pewter FDR cane.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group