Coin is a throwback to the 1860 Presidential election between Lincoln
WEST CHESTER TOWNSHIP, Ohio–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Presidential campaigns of 1860 and 2016: at Long-Stanton
Manufacturing, we’ve seen this before. (Really, we have.)
In 1860, Abraham Lincoln defeated Stephen A. Douglas for the Presidency
of the United States after a long and contentious campaign. This
followed on the heels of Douglas defeating Lincoln for the Illinois
Senate seat in 1858. We’re pretty sure after campaigning against each
other for years that they weren’t the best of friends.
The decisions that the two political parties face today are somewhat
similar to those of 1860. Some of the issues revolve around the
treatment and acceptance of specific groups of people, the future of the
country, future of their parties, etc. The candidates back then traded
so many political barbs and accusations through their 8 debates that it
became a difficult decision for the voters to fully know who stood for
what on the issues of the day. Sound familiar?
To us at Long-Stanton, the real similarity of the Presidential race of
1860 and 2016 lies not in the issues but in the name of our company’s
founder, John Stanton. Records show that before Mr. Stanton started
Long-Stanton Manufacturing in 1862, he owned a company in Cincinnati
that provided the illustrations, made the stamping die and minted many
of the campaign coins of the 1860 presidential candidates. The coins,
similar to the one shown here, contained the etched, illustrated
likeness of each candidate (notice Lincoln without a beard) that were
handed out to voters asking for their support. We can only guess that
the medals would be considered the Social Media “Like” button of its day.
Today, we honor John Stanton’s legacy by minting our “Indecision 2016”
campaign coin. Only this time we feature on one side of the coin an
illustrated likeness of the Republican nominee Donald Trump (looking to
the right) and the same treatment for the Democratic challenger, Hillary
Clinton (looking to the left), on the other side. And like the 1860
presidential race, we can sense that the political barbs and accusations
are once again confusing all but their most die-hard supporters.
Hopefully, our “Indecision 2016” coin will help you enjoy making your
decision. Or indecision. Sometimes it really does feel like it comes
down to just a flip of a coin.
Once again, we are pretty confident that these two candidates, like
those in 1860, don’t like each other.
Please, don’t take this coin into the voting booth. It could be
distracting to those who have already made up their mind (or they may
ask to borrow it).
We like to think that John Stanton would smile at the irony or
similarity of the campaigns and our candidates coin. History really does
seem to find a way of repeating itself.
Marvin Cunningham, 513-874-8020 ext. 77