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Political Bandanna for Benjamin Harrison (1833-1901) and Levi P. Morton (1824-1920)
1888
Unidentified
USA
Lithograph on cotton
overall: 22 1/4 x 23 1/2 in.; frame: 25 1/2 x 27 1/2 in.
Gift of Robert A. Frank
2001.067.14

Political campaign bandanna for Benjamin Harrison (1833-1901) and Levi Morton (1824-1920); blue ground with red and white; with legend "Our Choice / 1888 / For President / Benj Harrison / of Indiana / For Vice President / Levi P. Morton / of New York / Protection of Home / Industries" in center; wooden frame with glass.


The 1888 presidential campaign is marked by the vast number of political objects produced. Incumbent Democratic president Grover Cleveland (1837-1908) and his running mate, Allen G. Thurman (1813-1895) lost to Republicans Benjamin Harrison (1833-1901) and Levi P. Morton (1824-1920). Benjamin Harrison was the grandson of president William Henry Harrison (1773-1841) who was elected in 1840. Some of Harrison's campaign textiles use nostalgia from his grandfather's election, while others reminded voters of Harrison's Civil War service. The 1888 outcome was close, with Harrison winning the presidency by electoral vote despite losing the popular vote, similar to the 2000 race between Republican George W. Bush (b. 1946) and Democrat Al Gore (b. 1948).