TAMMANY, INAUGURATION OF WILSON BADGE, 1913

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This badge was a commemorative of Woodrow Wilson’s election in 1913. The G.A.R.'s political power grew during the latter part of the 19th century, and it helped elect several United States presidents.

The top medal is brass and features an Indian head surrounded by a laurel wreath above two crossed American flags with “TAMMANY” in the center. Reverse has original pin and hook present, and a blue silk ribbon hanging from a bar below the pin. Below this, suspended from two brass chains, is a brass medal with the image of the Capitol dome in the center, surrounded by a laurel wreath and the words, “INAUGURATION OF WILSON AND MARSHALL, WASHINGTON, MARCH 4, 1913”. Reverse has maker’s mark that reads, “THE WHITEMEAR & HOAG CO., NEWARK, N.J.”

Silk ribbon has light surface dirt present and is split horizontally under the lower medal. There is a maker’s tag on reverse of ribbon from The Whitehead & Hoag Co. Entire length of ribbon and medal measures 4 ½” inches.

The first inauguration of Woodrow Wilson took place on March 4, 1913, marking the beginning of his tenure as the 28th President of the United States and Thomas R. Marshall's tenure as Vice President.

Tammany Hall, also known as the Society of St. Tammany, the Sons of St. Tammany, or the Columbian Order, was a New York City political organization founded in 1786 and incorporated on May 12, 1789, as the Tammany Society. It was the Democratic Party political machine that played a major role in controlling New York City and New York State politics and helping immigrants, most notably the Irish, rise up in American politics from the 1790s to the 1960s. It typically controlled Democratic Party nominations and political patronage in Manhattan from the mayoral victory of Fernando Wood in 1854 and used its patronage resources to build a loyal, well-rewarded core of district and precinct leaders; after 1850 the great majority were Irish Catholics. The Tammany Society emerged as the center for Democratic-Republican Party politics in the city in the early 19th century.   [SM]

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