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George Washington Political Button Museum
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A brass button with raised lettering along the top portion of the button. An oval well sits in the center of the button with two large raised letters placed in the middle. 

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George Washington inaugural buttons were created to announce the first presidential inauguration. Washington’s inauguration ceremony took place on April 30, 1789, on the balcony of Federal Hall in New York City. People who attended Washington’s first inauguration could purchase commemorative buttons as souvenirs marking the historic occasion.

There are many different design variations of the George Washington inaugural buttons. However, this version is the most popular and most common. ‘Long Live the President’ is a play on the traditional proclamation of ‘Long Live the King’ which was often declared following the accession of a new monarch to the throne.

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