Campaign cane

Object Number: 
ca. 1868
Wood, steel
Overall: 36 x 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 in. (91.4 x 3.8 x 3.8 cm)
Ulysses S. Grant.
Gallery Label: 
General Ulysses S. Grant was the winning general in the Civil War, and the most popular man in America when he ran for president in 1868. He was well funded, and his campaign was the first to widely distribute canes as souvenirs to supporters. This cane is topped by a steel likeness of the General. An Ohio native, he appointed many from his home state to key posts in his administration, establishing the foundation for an Ohio dynasty that remained in control of the presidential nominating process until Franklin D. Roosevelt, with a few exceptions. During the decades in between, there was seldom a major party ticket for president or vice president that did not have one of the two candidates from Ohio. It is interesting to note that the other candidate in either party was usually from New York. The two states kept their hegemony until 1952.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Lou and Barbara Grumet
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group