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The Course of Empire: Desolation
Oil on canvas (relined)
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Overall: 36 1/2 x 2 1/4 x 2 3/4 in. (92.7 x 5.7 x 7 cm)
Theodore Roosevelt, signed shaft.
Gift of Lou and Barbara Grumet
Theodore Roosevelt was the subject of many canes. This example is capped by an original oversized faux ivory Roosevelt head. The shaft is a replacement.
Theodore Roosevelt was Vice President when President William McKinley was shot and killed in Buffalo 1901. He was one of the most activist presidents and was a leader in the Progressive Movement. He left office at the end of his second term, and supported William Howard Taft as his successor. Four years later, he returned from retirement and ran against Taft, leading the largest third party movement in U.S. History. This cane was likely produced for supporters of the Bull Moose Party in 1912.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
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