Mahogany, metal, bone
Overall: 36 1/8 x 1 3/8 in. ( 91.8 x 3.5 cm )
engraved: on top of handle: "W.S." engraved: on plaque: "obsequiado al Representante/Wm Sulzer por Estrada Cabrera/Presidente de Guatemala/1910"
Wooden cane with tapered, straight shaft; gold-plated pear-shaped handle decorated with scroll and pointed arch pattern; engraved silver plaque near top of shaft; and bone ferrule.
According to accession records, this cane was presented to the donor by Estrada Cabrera, President of Guatemala. This cane belonged to William Sulzer (1863-1941). Nicknamed "Plain Bill", Sulzer was the 39th governor of New York and a long-serving congressman for the state (1895-1912). In Congress, he was known as a Populist. Sulzer was elected governor in 1912 with the support of William Jennings Bryan, William Randolph Hearst, and Woodrow Wison, as well as the reform and Tammany factions of the state Democratic Party. He was the first and only New York State Governor to be impeached.
Gift of Honorable William Sulzer
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