|Text on Button||MacArthur|
Red text on white background underneath a blue photograph of General MacArthur in uniform.
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Allied Printing Chicago, IL
Trades Council, Union Made
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This button was manufactured in support of General Douglas MacArthur's campaign for president in the 1948 election. Following WWII, MacArthur had been serving as the Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers in occupied Japan. Although MacArthur's obligations overseas made him unable to campaign for the nomination, he had expressed interest in the nomination, saying that if offered the GOP nomination, he would not refuse.
MacArthur gained immense popularity amongst conservatives and was entered onto the Wisconsin primary ballot. Former New York Governor Thomas Dewey, however, won the Republican nomination. Dewey eventually lost to Democrat incumbent Harry Truman in the national election.