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Lithograph on cotton
overall: 28 x 27 in.; frame: 31 3/4 x 31 1/8 in.
Gift of Robert A. Frank
Political campaign banner for William McKinley (1843-1901) and Garret A. Hobart (1844-1899); red, white and blue horizontal stripes with white stars in the red and blue sections; McKinley and Hobart bust portraits are in the white stripe surrounded by campaign themes and American flags; legend reads "Protection / Financial / Stability / Reciprocity / for President / William McKinley / For Vice President / Garret A. Hobart"; wooden frame with glass.
Republican - and Freemason - William McKinley (1843-1901) ran for president in 1896 and in 1900, winning both times. McKinley conducted his campaign from his Ohio home in 1896, where he presented speeches to the party delegates who traveled there to hear him. Sadly, McKinley's second term as president was cut short when he was shot by anarchist Leon F. Czolgosz (1873-1901) in September 1901 while shaking hands at a reception at the Pan-American Exposition.