The Civil War in Missouri

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Campaign Token Supporting Constitutional Union Party Candidates John Bell and Edward Everett


John Bell of the Constitutional Union Party denounced the sectional division that fueled the other political parties in the 1860 presidential race. His position was popular with many in the border states, including Missouri, where he trailed Democratic candidate Stephen Douglas by fewer than 500 votes. Although Douglas was the electoral vote winner in Missouri, St. Louisans mainly voted for Abraham Lincoln, showing the divide between the city and the rest of the state. Residents displayed support 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.