Campaign cane

Object Number: 
ca. 1898
Painted wood, metal
Overall: 36 x 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 in. (91.4 x 3.8 x 3.8 cm)
Theodore Roosevelt campaign for governor, button.
Gallery Label: 
This is a campaign cane produced for supporters of Theodore Roosevelt when he ran for Governor of New York in 1898. It is composed of a classic campaign button attached to a stick. Lou Grumet included it in his collection of presidential campaign canes, because of Roosevelt's prominence after the Spanish American War, and his impact on presidential politics. During the decades after the Civil War, politicians from New York and Ohio dominated presidential campaigning.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Lou and Barbara Grumet
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group