Flashback: McKinley’s Presidential Campaigns Pioneered Buttons

NILES, Ohio – Gazing through the protective glass at the more than century-old McKinley campaign buttons, it’s easy to miss their significance. After all, political buttons that feature the faces of candidates and their campaign slogans have been ubiquitous in American politics. These buttons, however, were a novelty to the supporters of the Republican standard bearer in 1896, William McKinley. “This was the first campaign where they made real use of campaign buttons,” says Trish Sca

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