Campaign cane

Campaign cane
Campaign cane
Campaign cane
ca. 1888
Wood, paper
Overall: 34 1/2 x 5/8 x 5/8 in. (87.6 x 1.6 x 1.6 cm)
Union support for Benjamin Harrison.
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Gift of Lou and Barbara Grumet
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Benjamin Harrison was the grandson of former president William Henry Harrison. An anti-Harrison campaign song used by his opponent, Grover Cleveland, claimed: "His head is not big enough for his grandfather's hat." Cleveland won the popular vote, but Harrison won the Electoral College. This cane demonstrates that the labor movement, prior to William Jennings Bryan, was mainly Republican in its politics, and was strongly supportive of pro-tariff candidates. The cane is covered with campaign style poster-like paper and employs patriotic themes and colors.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group