In 1789, George Washington and his supporters wore the first political buttons during the first presidential inauguration in New York. They weren’t exactly like the buttons we know today; instead of metal pins these campaign buttons were real brass buttons sewn onto coats.
The “Long Live the President” encircled by symbols of the 13 states is adapted from a button worn by President Washington at his inauguration.
“GW-Long Live the President” was one style in a variety of Washington commemorative buttons. Buttons are 1 ½” in diameter.