Campaign cane

Object Number: 
ca. 1932
Wood, pewter
Overall: 35 x 1 x 4 1/4 in. (88.9 x 2.5 x 10.8 cm)
Franklin Delano Roosevelt campaign cane.
Gallery Label: 
The pewter handle of this 1932 campaign cane has "Franklin D. Roosevelt" printed on one side and "For President" on the other. It belongs to a tradition of mass-produced campaign canes made for supporters, extending back to 1868, when canes were first made for Grant and Seymour. When FDR saw the canes being handed out he was furious, as he thought they could be construed as a comment on his polio-related disabilities. He ordered the canes to be destroyed. In 1976, as part of the bicentennial celebrations, Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford both had aluminum canes made on the model of the pewter FDR cane.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Lou and Barbara Grumet
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group