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Object Name: Commemorative cane
Date: 2005
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Medium: Wood, paint, metal
Dimensions: Overall: 37 x 2 1/4 x 3 in. (94 x 5.7 x 7.6 cm)
Description: Nelson Rockefeller.
Credit Line: Gift of Lou and Barbara Grumet
Object Number: 2010.24.49
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After Lou Grumet collected a number of antique canes of iconic historic American political figures, he commissioned Baltimore carver Pat Harris to make a figural cane of Nelson Rockefeller.
Rockefeller was a scion of the Rockefeller oil money, and at the age of 26 he was the project manager for Rockefeller Center. He became a noted expert in Latin American issues, and was responsible for the design and implementation of the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare. He was four-term governor of New York, responsible for monumental development and building programs and for the creation of the State University of New York. Rockefeller was a candidate for the presidency several times, and served as an appointed vice president under President Ford.
Grumet began his career in state government during the Rockefeller administration.