Pinback button promoting Franklin Roosevelt for president and Henry Wallace for vice president, 1940. Litho. Chas. M. Geraghty, Inc., Chicago.
Serving as Secretary of Agriculture in Roosevelt's first two administrations (his father had served in the same position under Harding and Coolidge), Henry Wallace was responsible for implementing New Deal farm policies. An unlikely candidate for the nation's second-highest office, he replaced Vice President Garner on FDR's third term reelection ticket thanks to the president's personal advocacy. The ear of corn on this button symbolizes agriculture, suggesting that it was worn by a supporter of Wallace.