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1888 Presidential Campaign Button
Donated by Dorothy Gill Leslie

Benjamin Harrison (left) and Levi Morton distributed badges like this during their 1888 campaign as the Republican nominees for president and vice president. They lost the popular vote by 90,000 but still managed to beat the incumbent President Grover Cleveland in the electoral college, 233 to 168.

This badge belonged to John Rees Gill and his wife, Della Ahart Gill. The Gills lived for a time in the south Madison County community of Pettigrew, where John Gill became the town's first postmaster in 1898.

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