John C. Fremont Presidential Campaign Medal

Object Number: 
1966.78
Date: 
1856
Medium: 
White metal
Dimensions: 
diameter: 2 3/8 in. ( 6.1 cm )
Marks: 
Inscription: obverse, below bust truncation, at center: "PAQUET, NEW-YORK."
Description: 
White metal struck medal with obverse depicting nude bust of John Fremont facing left with legend: "COL. JOHN C. FREMONT, BORN JAN. 21st 1813." Reverse contains legend at center surrounded by closed oak wreath: " 'THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS ECHO BACK FREMONT'/THE/PEOPLE'S CHOICE/FOR/1856./'CONSTITUTIONAL /FREEDOM' "; ribbon tied around oak wreath at lower center inscribed: "FREE SOIL MEN."
Gallery Label: 
In the late 1830s and early 1840s John C. Fremont, a famous American explorer and prominent politician, explored and surveyed much of the American West, particularly the Oregon Trail. Eventually, he settled in California where he grew wealthy during the Gold Rush of 1848 and became one of the state's first two senators. He was the Republican party's first ever candidate for president in 1856 and ran again in 1860, withdrawing that year in favor of Abraham Lincoln.
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Creative: Tronvig Group