Reaney Days

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

A Museum Find


Presidential Election….1844

 

            As work continues in our museum a wonderful piece of Americana was discovered in storage; a political banner from the presidential election of 1844.   The election pitted Democrat James K. Polk and his running mate, George M. Dallas,  against the Whig party ticket of Henry Clay (the Great Compromiser) and Theodore Frelinghuysen.   Polk won the election with 170 electoral votes to Clay’s 105. 

            The very colorful Clay banner features the tagline They Understand and Will Carry Out the True Principals of the Government; still a worthy sentiment 168 years later!  To learn more about Henry Clay visit www.henryclay.org


5 comments:

  1. I'm curious. Is the design painted or printed on the fabric, or is it embroidered?

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    1. Hi Linda,
      We think it is printed as there is no texture to it whatsoever.

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  2. www.henryclay.org I went there...but was at a loss to find out anything about the banner. Chris Egg

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    1. The reference to henryclay.org was to give people an opportunity to learn more about Henry Clay himself, not the banner. Dawn

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