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Political Bandanna for Grover Cleveland (1837-1908) and Allen G. Thurman (1813-1895)
1888
Unidentified
USA
Lithograph on cotton
frame: 22 3/4 x 23 1/4 x 1 in.; textile: 18 3/4 x 19 1/2 x 1/16 in.
Gift of Robert A. Frank
2001.067.12

Political campaign bandanna or handkerchief for Grover Cleveland (1837-1908) and Allen G. Thurman (1813-1895); printed in black and white; reads"E. Pluribus Unum / A Public Office is a Public Trust", bust portraits of Cleveland and Thurman; wooden frame with glass.


The 1888 presidential campaign is marked by the vast number of political objects produced. Many of the items championing sitting president Grover Cleveland (1837-1908) include a rooster as the symbol of the Democratic party, or crossed brooms, signifying that the candidates would "sweep clean the stables of government." Cleveland and his running mate, Allen G. Thurman (1813-1895) lost to Republicans Benjamin Harrison (1833-1901) and Levi P. Morton (1824-1920). Cleveland was Mayor of Buffalo, New York in 1882 and Governor of New York from 1883 to 1884. He served two terms as President of the United States, from 1885 to 1889 and from 1893 to 1897, but lost the election between his two terms when running with Thurman. Thurman was a Senator for Ohio from 1869 to 1881.