Hot Buttons: Presidential Campaigns and the Century Association

Buttons have long been visible evidence of the fervor presidential politics ignite in the American psyche. Even in 1789 and 1792, when George Washington was elected unanimously, several kinds of brass and copper buttons celebrated his ascension. When he took the oath of office, the first president wore an engraved set featuring eagles with sunburst-like shields on their breasts; thousands of his admirers did likewise.

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