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Object Name Ribbon, Campaign
Catalog Number 1992.22
Date 1856
Material(s) Silk
Dimensions H-8 W-2.5 inches
Description This cream silk political ribbon has black printing and text that reads "Democratic Candidates" across the top. Below, there is a printed bust image of James Buchanan wearing a suit and cravat tie with the caption "For President, James Buchanan, of Pennsylvania" below. There is a thin horizontal line located in the center of the ribbon. Below, there is a bust image of John C. Breckinridge wearing a suit and cravat tie with the caption "For Vice-President, John C. Breckinridge, of Kentucky." The top and bottom edges of the ribbon are unfinished, and the sides are the selvages of the silk.
Notes James Buchanan, Jr. was the 15th President of the United States, elected in 1856 with his running mate John Cabell Breckinridge. Buchanan began his political career in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1814–1816. He was also elected to the 17th United States Congress and to the four succeeding Congresses. From 1832 to 1833 he served as Minister to Russia, appointed by Andrew Jackson. He was also made Secretary of State under President Polk from 1845 to 1849.

John Cabell Breckinridge was an American lawyer and politician. He served as a U.S. Representative and U.S. Senator from Kentucky and was the 14th Vice President of the United States.

A handwritten note that came with the ribbon reads "M.S. Denney, Harrodsburg, Ky, worn by delegate to convention that nominated Buchanan + Brackrige [sic]."
Collection KHS Museum Collection
Event 1856 United States Presidential Election
People Buchanan, James
Breckinridge, John Cabell
Subjects Ribbons
Presidential candidates
Presidential elections
Vice presidents
Political campaigns
Political candidates
Political elections
Political parties
Search Terms Presidential campaigns
Presidential elections
political campaigns
political souvenirs
Democratic Party
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS