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Ogilvie Hat Political Button Museum
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Illustration of a white cowboy hat with superimposed black text on a blue background.

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Richard B. Ogilvie served as the Sheriff of Cook County from 1963-1967 and in 1969 was elected the 35th Governor of Illinois. But before that he spent time as a Special Assistant to the United States Attorney General to combat Mafia activity in Chicago. This experience led him to pursue anti-Mafia activity after becoming the Sheriff of Cook County. Despite making very little headway into tackling organized crime in Chicago, Ogilvie gained notoriety for his tough-on-crime stance. This became a central issue in his 1968 Gubernatorial campaign, as seen in the Sheriff motif commonly presented in his campaign materials. 

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