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Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson
Robert Scott, active 1781 - 1820
Thomas Jefferson, 13 Apr 1743 - 4 Jul 1826
Diameter: 10.8cm (4 1/4")
Thomas Jefferson: Male
Thomas Jefferson: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer
Thomas Jefferson: Politics and Government\Congressman\Continental congressman
Thomas Jefferson: Politics and Government\Statesman\Colonial Statesman\Signer of Declaration
Thomas Jefferson: Politics and Government\Vice-President of US
Thomas Jefferson: Natural Resources\Agriculturist\Farmer
Thomas Jefferson: Visual Arts\Architect
Thomas Jefferson: Politics and Government\President of US
Thomas Jefferson: Politics and Government\Cabinet Member\Secretary of State
Thomas Jefferson: Politics and Government\Diplomat\Minister
Thomas Jefferson: Science and Technology\Inventor
Thomas Jefferson: Politics and Government\US Congressman\Virginia
Thomas Jefferson: Politics and Government\Governor\Virginia
Thomas Jefferson: Education\Founder\University
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Betty A. and Lloyd G. Schermer
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Indian peace medals are an important part of the history of U.S. presidential portraiture and also an essential element in federal Indian policy. Presented to Native chiefs on such important occasions as the signing of a treaty or a visit to the nation’s capital, the medals gave rank and distinction. Many were passed down from generation to generation.
In the first half of the nineteenth century, the design was determined by the need to win the allegiance of the Indians. Medals contained the likeness of the president on one side and symbols of peace and friendship on the other. Acceptance of a medal signified friendship and loyalty to the United States. By midcentury, the medals encouraged assimilation of Native Americans into American society.
All medals gift of Betty A. and Lloyd G. Schermer
Las medallas de la paz son parte importante de la historia de los retratos presidenciales en Estados Unidos y tuvieron un papel esencial en la política federal hacia los pueblos indígenas. Se obsequiaban a los líderes nativos en ocasiones significativas, como la firma de tratados o visitas a la capital del país, y eran símbolo de rango y distinción. Muchas pasaron de generación en generación.
Durante la primera mitad del siglo XIX, el diseño de las medallas respondía a la necesidad de fomentar la lealtad de los indígenas. Llevaban la imagen del presidente en una cara, y en la otra símbolos de paz y amistad. La aceptación de una medalla significaba amistad y lealtad hacia Estados Unidos. Ya para mediados del siglo, las medallas fomentaban la asimilación de los americanos nativos a la sociedad estadounidense.
Todas las medallas son donación de Betty A. y Lloyd G. Schermer
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National Portrait Gallery
America's Presidents (Reinstallation September 2017)
On View
NPG, South Gallery 240