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Object Name Button, Political
Catalog Number 1994.5.73
Date 1968-1970
Material(s) Tinplate
Dimensions H-1.375 W-1.5 inches
Description This is a stamped tin tab button that says "RE-ELECT / COWGER." It is a rectangular button with a short tab coming off the top center edge. The field of the rectangle is comprised of a red horizontal stripe above a blue stripe. The stripes are separated by a very thin white line. The text is white and the word "RE-ELECT" is flanked by a pair of white stars. The tab has a small diamond-shaped blue printers label with small text that is small and illegible. This tab was made using the lithographic process.
Notes William "Bill" Cowger (January 1, 1922 - October 2, 1971) served in the United States Navy during World War II as a Midshipman. Later, he served as Louisville mayor from 1961 to 1965. He was elected as a Republican to represent Kentucky's 3rd District in the United States House of Representatives in 1966 and was re-elected in 1968, serving from 1967 until 1971. He was defeated in 1970 for re-election by Congressman Romano L. Mazzoli, who would hold the seat for the next 23 years. . He died in Louisville, Kentucky in 1971, 9 months after the end of his Congressional term.
Collection Chuck Pittenger Collection
People Cowger, Bill
Subjects Political campaigns
Political candidates
Political elections
State government
Campaigns, Political
Mayoral elections
Search Terms Louisville (Ky.)
Jefferson County (Ky.)
Political button
political campaigns
political souvenirs
Politics, Kentucky
Republican party
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS