The Artifact Gallery was made possible by a generous gift from the William T. Kemper Foundation – Commerce Bank, Trustee.
The election of 1860 was a pivotal one 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. Not all Missourians were of the same mind, however. The election of 1860 demonstrated the clear division that existed between St. Louisans, who voted for Lincoln, albeit by a narrow vote, and the rest of the state, who fully rejected Lincoln and the Republican Party. Given that many felt that their way of life or beliefs were at stake, opinions were intense among Missouri residents. Strong displays of support were revealed in the form of ribbons, flags, buttons, badges, and tokens. This particular token incorporates tintype photographs that helped familiarize the public with the candidates' images.