Democrat George McGovern (1922 - 2012) ran for U.S. President in 1972 with running mate Robert Sargent Shriver as the nominee for U.S. Vice President, replacing Thomas Eagleton who had resigned from the ticket. They didn't win but their political campaign offered this high-quality jewelry to supporters. These are still on the original cards. The set includes...
A cut-out gold-tone metal ring with the word McGOVERN circling the band. The original card says McGOVERN - SHRIVER. The card measures 2 by 2 inches.
A gold-tone tie-tack spelling out McGOVERN
A gold-tone tie-tack spelling out McG
The latter two are on cards that say McGOVERN FOR PRESIDENT. Cards measure 1 5/8 inches.
These are rare vintage campaign items...never used.
A little McGovern history...As a senator, McGovern became most known for his outspoken opposition to the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. The McGovern–Hatfield Amendment sought to end the Vietnam War by legislative means but was defeated in 1970 and 1971. In the 1972 election, McGovern lost to incumbent Richard Nixon in one of the biggest landslides in American electoral history. He was re-elected Senator in 1968 and 1974 and went on to work with World Food and Hunger programs.
The McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program has provided school meals for millions of children in dozens of countries since 2000 and resulted in McGovern's being named World Food Prize co-laureate in 2008.
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