Badge promoting John W. Weeks for president, 1916. The Whitehead & Hoag Co., Newark, NJ. 2.125" pinback, with blue silk ribbon attachment. Closed 3/4" break in fabric under letter W.
The Massachusetts senator's candidacy for the Republican nomination had strong support among stalwarts, but he was not trusted by the progressive wing which had bolted in 1912 to support Theodore Roosevelt. Fearing another electoral disaster, the party went with a moderate, Charles E. Hughes. Weeks would later serve as defense secretary under Harding. This attractive patriotic-themed button is one of the more appealing from this election. A similar 1.5" design is familiar, but this larger version is seen much less frequently.