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Object Name Fedora
Catalog Number 1968.3
Maker O'Sullivan
Date ca. 1934
Material(s) Leather/Fur/Cotton
Dimensions H-5.25 W-11 D-13 inches
Description This is Franklin D. Roosevelt's campaign hat. It is a fedora made of gray beaver fur and an average brim. There is a wide black ribbon hat band with a four-fold bow on the side. It has gray corded ribbon sewn around brim. The sides of the brim are folded up and the crown is pushed into a central groove. The interior is lined with white polished cotton and has a brown leather sweatband.
Notes Old card, "While touring Eastern Kentucky on a poverty inspection tour during the early 1960s, one of Roosevelt's sons met Governor Ned Breathitt. He promised Breathitt that if Kentucky voted a certain percentage for Lyndon Johnson in 1964, he would donate his father's campaign hat for the Historical Society. Breathitt wasn't able to swing the quota, but came close and the son sent the hat irregardless." According to the FDR Library, Roosevelt had several fedora's of this type that he wore during his campaigns and he treasured every one of them.
Collection KHS Museum Collection
People O'Sullivan
Breathitt, Ned
Roosevelt, Franklin D.
Subjects Hats
Presidential candidates
Presidential elections
Political campaigns
Political candidates
Political elections
Politics & government
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS