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Linen; silk embroidery
overall: 18 x 18 in.; 45.72 x 45.72 cm
Gift of John Hunter
Political campaign handkerchief for William McKinley (143-1901) and Garret A. Hobart (1844-1899); plain white linen square handkerchief with corner embroidery of political campaign logo; reads "McKINLEY / AND / HOBART" with crossed American flags, inscribed with political slogans "SOUND MONEY" and "PROTECTION."
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.