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Object Name: Cane
Date: 1888-1912
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Medium: Wood, bone, brass, silver, steel
Dimensions: Overall: 37 x 4 1/2 x 7/8 in. ( 94 x 11.4 x 2.2 cm )
Place made: North America, United States
Description: Wooden cane with L-shaped bone handle, engraved silver collar, tapered shaft, brass and steel ferrule.
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. William Sulzer
Object Number: 1942.93
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Marks: engraved: on collar: "From/ Jack Bradley/ to/ Congressman Sulzer"

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According to accesssion records the cane was presented to William Sulzer (1863-1941) by Jack Bradley.

William Sulzer (1863-1941), nicknamed "Plain Bill", was the 39th governor of New York and a long-serving congressman for the state (1895-1912). In Congress, he was known as a Populist. Sulzer was elected governor in 1912 with the support of William Jennings Bryan, William Randolph Hearst, and Woodrow Wison, as well as the reform and Tammany factions of the state Democratic Party. He was the first and only New York State Governor to be impeached.