Accession number: MO73-1575
Maker: Green Duck Company, Chicago
Dimensions: 1 inch
Description: 'The Democratic Donkey' -When Andrew Jackson ran for president in 1828, his opponents tried to label him a “jackass” for his populist views and his slogan, “Let the people rule.” Jackson, however, picked up on their name calling and turned it to his own advantage by using the donkey on his campaign posters. The donkey gained its acceptance as the Democratic symbol in 1874 as a result of Thomas Nast's cartoons in Harper's Weekly. By 1880 the donkey was well established as a mascot for the Democratic party. Although the Democrats have never officially adopted the donkey as a party symbol, they have used various donkey designs on publications and campaign buttons to promote the Democratic party.
The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum