The Civil War in Missouri

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Campaign Token Supporting Democratic Party Candidates Stephen A. Douglas and Herschel V. Johnson

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The election of 1860 was a pivotal election for the United States as its outcome helped to precipitate the Civil War. Missouri cast its electoral votes for Democratic candidate Stephen Douglas in the presidential race. His platform, which advocated maintaining slavery where it existed and preserving the Union, resonated with many Missourians. Although St. Louisans voted for Abraham Lincoln, albeit by a narrow vote, the rest of the state went for Douglas. Feelings of supporters ran high and were evidenced by ribbons, flags, buttons, badges, and tokens. This particular token incorporates tintype photographs that helped familiarize the public with the candidates' images.