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Object Name: Campaign cane
Date: ca. 1904
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Medium: Wood, silver, paper cover
Dimensions: Overall: 35 x 1 x 1 in. (88.9 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm)
Description: Alton Parker and Henry Davis campaign graphic, fitted to 1893 Columbian Expositon cane.
Credit Line: Gift of Lou and Barbara Grumet
Object Number: 2010.24.32
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The presidential campaign of 1904 was an all-New York contest. The Republicans ran the incumbent Theodore Roosevelt, and the Democrats ran Alton Parker, the Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals.
This wooden cane, covered with red, white, and blue campaign bunting, was a souvenir cane from the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, and was probably made for a single or small group of individuals, rather than mass-produced. It features images of Parker and Henry Davis, his running mate. Davis, of West Virginia, was the oldest candidate ever to run for the vice presidency or presidency, at 80 years old.