Local Man Discusses Campaign Button Collection

Local Man Discusses Campaign Button Collection

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As the nation mourns the death of former President George H.W. Bush, a local man honored him by wearing a 1988 Bush campaign button.

Former Jefferson Community College history professor and president John Deans discussed his extensive campaign button collection. 

He began collecting campaign buttons after his grandmother gave him a box full of them at the age of ten.

"The modern day button that we associate with campaigns has a plastic or celluloid coating was introduced in the late 19th century," he said.

Deans says the first celluloid campaign button is jugate, which is a side by side portrait. It's from the 1900 presidential election when William McKinley was running for president with running mate Theodore Roosevelt. 

McKinley was later assassinated in Buffalo, making Theodore Roosevelt president.

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