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Object Name Button, Political
Catalog Number 1994.5.80
Date 1969
Material(s) Celluloid/Paper/Tinplate/Ink
Dimensions H-1.25 W-1.25 D-0.188 Dia-1.25 inches
Description This is a circular political button, produced by celluloid process, for E. P. Sawyer and John Sawyer during their County Judge and Mayoral campaigns respectively. It has a purple and white background. The top half (purple background) reads, "E. P./Sawyer/COUNTY JUDGE", in white script. The bottom half (white background) reads, "John/Sawyer/MAYOR", in purple script. It has a stickpin on the reverse side.
Notes In 1969, Erbon Powers "Tom" Sawyer ran on the Republican ticket for a full term as Jefferson County Judge. He chose businessman John Porter Sawyer as his running mate for mayor. Just six weeks before the election, E.P. Sawyer was killed in a car accident on Louisville's Interstate 64. E. P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park, located in the Frey's Hill area of Louisville, is named in his honor. Frank Welsh Burke, a Democrat, was elected Mayor of Louisville that year, winning 48,337 votes to Republican John Porter Sawyer's 40,810.
Collection Chuck Pittenger Collection
People Sawyer, E.P.
Sawyer, John
Subjects Buttons
Political campaigns
Political candidates
Political elections
Politics & government
Campaigns, Political
County government
Mayoral elections
Search Terms Campaign buttons
Button, Political
Republican party
Louisville (Ky.)
Jefferson County (Ky.)
Political buttons
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS