William H. Taft Campaign Button, 1908-1912

Summary

Republican William Howard Taft ran for president twice, in 1908 and 1912. Taft had the support of his friend President Theodore Roosevelt in 1908 and easily won. But by 1912 their friendship had ended. Roosevelt challenged Taft for the Republican nomination, then bolted from the Party after Taft secured enough delegates. The rift allowed Democrat Woodrow Wilson to sweep into the White House.

Republican William Howard Taft ran for president twice, in 1908 and 1912. Taft had the support of his friend President Theodore Roosevelt in 1908 and easily won. But by 1912 their friendship had ended. Roosevelt challenged Taft for the Republican nomination, then bolted from the Party after Taft secured enough delegates. The rift allowed Democrat Woodrow Wilson to sweep into the White House.

Artifact

Button (Information artifact)

Date Made

1908-1912

Creators

Whitehead & Hoag Company 

Allied Printing Trades Council (Newark, N.J.) 

Place of Creation

United States, New Jersey, Newark 

Creator Notes

Manufactured by the Whitehead & Hoag Company and the Allied Printing Trades Council, Newark, New Jersey.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

69.145.108

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Celluloid (Cellulosic)
Tin (Metal)
Paper (Fiber product)

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Diameter: .875 in

Inscriptions

Front: Wm. H. TAFT OF OHIO Back: THE | WHITEHEAD & HOAG CO. | NEWARK, NJ. | ALLIED PRINTING TRADES COUNCIL | UNION LABEL | NEWARK, N.J. | PATENTED | JULY 17, 1894

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