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H. B. Hall's Sons
USA: New York, New York City
Lithograph on cotton
frame: 24 1/2 x 21 1/2 x 1 in.; textile: 22 3/4 x 19 x 1/16 in.
Gift of Robert A. Frank
Political campaign banner for William McKinley (1843-1901) and Garret A. Hobart (1844-1899); red ground with black and white bust portraits of candidates; legend reads "Protection / Republican / Prosperity / 1896-1900 / For President / William McKinley / For Vice President / Garret A. Hobart"; red border, blue and white stars, red, white, blue United States shields.
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.