N Original 1896 William Jennings Bryan Presidential Campaign Button, Featuring Running Mate, Arthur Sewall. Standard 7/8" jugate for the 1896 Democrats with attached 1.75" celluloid disc featuring the candidate, inscribed For President, Wm. The Whitehead & Hoag Co. (March 19, 1860 July 26, 1925) was an American orator and politician from Nebraska. Beginning in 1896, he emerged as a dominant force in the Democratic Party, standing three times as the party's nominee for President of the United States.
He also served in the United States House of Representatives and as the United States Secretary of State under Woodrow Wilson. Because of his faith in the wisdom of the common people, he was often called "The Great Commoner".In 1900 Bryan ran as an anti-imperialist, finding himself in alliance with industrialist Andrew Carnegie, as well as others who had fought against silver. Republicans mocked Bryan as indecisive, or a coward.
In a typical day he gave four hour-long speeches and shorter talks that added up to six hours of speaking. At an average rate of 175 words a minute, he turned out 63,000 words a day, enough to fill 52 columns of a newspaper. In Wisconsin, he once made 12 speeches in 15 hours. Despite Bryan's tremendous energy, McKinley and the Republicans were too strong to defeat. While Bryan declared Imperialism to be the paramount issue, he had difficulty differentiating his platform from that of the Republican party.While he argued for the US to take on the role of a protectorate to the Philippines, the Republicans argued that annexation of the Philippines would eventually lead to independence. With the issue of imperialism being defined in these vaguely similar terms, the Republicans' full dinner pail platform of a strong American industrial economy proved to be more important to voters than questions of the morality of annexing the Philippines. Bryan held his base in the South, a one-party Democratic region where virtually only white men voted, since the effective disenfranchisement of most blacks at the turn of the century, but lost part of the West; McKinley retained the populous Northeast and Midwest and rolled up a comfortable margin of victory. McKinley won the electoral college with a count of 292 votes compared to Bryan's 155.
Bryan's hold on his party was weakened, while his erstwhile allies the Populists had virtually disappeared from the arena. This button/ribbon is in NEAR MINT condition and will be a fantastic addition to upgrade any collection large or small. Please disregard any glares or shadows.
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