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Landon and Knox

Landon and Knox Political Button Museum
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Yellow and brown illustration of a sunflower with yellow text in the center on a brown background. The button also has a yellow flower shaped piece of felt pinned behind the button. 

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This button dates back to the 1936 presidential election when Republican Alf Landon ran against incumbent president Franklin D. Roosevelt. Landon had become governor of Kansas in 1932, and in 1936 ran for the presidency with Frank Knox, a newspaper publisher from Chicago. During his campaign, Landon rarely traveled, which hurt his relationship with voters, and later accused Roosevelt of corruption. Unsurprisingly, Roosevelt won the election, carrying 46 out of 48 states in what was the most lopsided election in American history. Landon returned to the governorship and never again ran for an elected position, but remained politically active by backing presidential candidates, and was known for giving lectures from the 1960s until his death in the 1980s which featured influential political figures like Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton.

Alf Landon. (n.d.). Retrieved November 15, 2015 from:

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