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Object Name: Kerchief
Date: 1892
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Medium: Cotton
Dimensions: Overall: 20 x 21 in. ( 50.8 x 53.3 cm )
Place made: North America, United States, West Warwick
Description: Cotton copperplate-printed campaign kerchief with portraits of Benjamin Harrison and Whitelaw Reid in medallions with American bald eagle armorials above and below; printed in sepia and light-blue ink on a white ground; decorative border.
Credit Line: Gift of Bella C. Landauer
Object Number: 1944.216
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Marks: Printed below portraits: "BENJAMIN HARRISON / REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT / WHITELAW REID / REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE FOR VICE-PRESIDENT"; printed on armorials: "THE * UNION * AND * THE / CONSTITUTION * FOREVER"

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Benjamin Harrison of Indiana was the grandson of President William Henry Harrison. He was elected president in 1888, defeating Grover Cleveland, but was defeated by Cleveland in 1892. Whitelaw Reid of New York, the editor of the "New York Tribune," and U.S. Minister to France, was an unsuccessful candidate for Vice-President in 1892.

Bibliography:

Collins, Herbert Ridgeway. Threads of History: Americana Recorded on Cloth, 1775 to the Present. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution, 1979.