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Object Name: Cane
Date: 1880-1920
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Medium: Wood, silver, brass, steel
Dimensions: Overall: 34 7/8 x 4 1/2 x 7/8 in. ( 88.6 x 11.4 x 2.2 cm )
Description: Wooden cane with tapered shaft, L-shaped bone handle, silver collar, and brass ferrule with steel tip.
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. William Sulzer
Object Number: 1942.92
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Marks: engraved: on collar: "Presented to/Wm. Sulzer/by/Hamilton Fish Kean"

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According to the inscription, this cane was presented to William Sulzer (1863-1941) by Hamilton Fish Kean.

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.