Thursday, July 4, 2013

Newest Presidential Pins

I'd been ignoring my presidential pin collection lately, probably because I'd been chasing the State/Territories Quarters set. I finally finished that one off so I picked up a couple of new pins.

The one at the top is of Averell Harriman, the quintessential career diplomat. I don't normally chase pins  of candidates who didn't get their parties' nomination except for a select few. I'd heard Harriman's name so much growing up that I bid on this one and won it cheap. As mentioned in his Wikipedia entry (sampled below) he was a two time Democratic hopeful in the 1950's. Pretty unremarkable pin overall.

Averell Harriman (November 15, 1891 – July 26, 1986) was an American Democratic Party politician, businessman, and diplomat. He was the son of railroad baron E. H. Harriman. He served as Secretary of Commerce under President Harry S. Truman and later as the 48th Governor of New York. He was a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1952, and again in 1956 when he was endorsed by President Truman but lost to Adlai Stevenson both times. Harriman served President Franklin D. Roosevelt as special envoy to Europe and served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union and U.S. Ambassador to Britain. He served in numerous U.S. diplomatic assignments in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. He was a core member of the group of foreign policy elders known as "The Wise Men".

And I can never turn down a Kennedy pin. Next to LBJ he takes up more pages in my binder than any other president.

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