George Washington's inauguration as president of the United States inspired the manufacture of commemorative clothing buttons with patriotic designs. On this button, the central device of Washington's initials surrounded by the salute "Long Live the President" is enclosed within a chain of thirteen links representing the states. The "linked states" design was first used to represent American unity on currency issued by the Continental Congress in 1776. The combination of Washington's cipher and the chain of states visually testifies to the importance of a strong executive for the nation's government.

See also the "linked states" design of "A Display of the United States of America," SC-4.
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Date

c. 1789-1797


Geography


Material/Technique

Copper alloy


Dimensions

Overall: 5/16 in. x 1 3/8 in. x 1 3/8 in. (0.79 cm x 3.51 cm x 3.51 cm)


Credit

Gift of Mrs. Lewis William Washington, Vice Regent for West Virginia, 1893


Object Number

W-547


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