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Object Name Poster
Catalog Number 1939.922
Date 1856
Material(s) Paper;
Dimensions H-12 W-9 inches
Description This is a poster from the 1856 James Buchanan and John C. Breckinridge presidential campaign. This color lithograph has images of Buchanan (on left) and Breckenridge (on right). There is draping across the top and there is an eagle and furled flags below the draping but above the images of the two men. Beneath their images is a depiction of "Victory" (?). The caption reads "ONE COUNTRY. ONE CONSTITUTION. ONE DESTINY/UNION/JAMES BUCHANAN/JOHN C. BRECKENRIDGE/THE DEMOCRATS CHOICE FOR PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT FROM 1857 TO 1861."
Notes James Buchanan of Pennsylvania and Kentuckian John C. Breckinridge were chosen for the 1856 Democratic ticket. Slavery overshadowed the presidential election yet most Democrats believed in national unity at the time.

James Buchanan served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, the U.S. House of Representatives, and the U.S. Senate before voted president in 1856.

John c. Breckinridge was born in Lexington, Kentucky on January 16, 1821. He attended Centre College in Danville then studied law at Princeton and Transylvania University. After two terms representing Kentucky in the U.S. Congress Breckinrige was choen to run with Buchanan in 1856. Breckinridge ran for president in 1860 against Abraham Lincoln, Stephen Douglas, and John Bell, coming in seconded after Lincoln by the electoral votes and third after Douglas in the popular vote. Breckinridge considered slavery a "wholly local and domestic" question that should be enforced at the state not the national level. Like many Kentuckians, he supported states' rights and keeping the Union together.
Collection KHS Museum Collection
People Breckinridge, John Cabell
Buchanan, James
Subjects Presidential candidates
Presidential elections
Vice presidents
Political candidates
Political campaigns
Search Terms Presidential campaigns
Presidential candidates
Presidential election
Presidential elections
Presidential nominees
Vice Presidential Candidates
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS