140: East TN Presidential Presentation Jug, Garfield
Important East Tennessee decorated Presidential presentation harvest jug. Harvest jug with extruded handle and two opposing spouts with two sine waves around the upper shoulder and an additional closed sine wave at the tip of the jar, resembling a sun motif. Possibly potted by Lewis Manning Haun (Greene County, TN, born 1835). Similar harvest jug forms attributed to L. M. Haun have are known. However, none of these jugs have retained the handle like this example. The inscription on one side reads "For President Gen. James A. Garfield of Ohio" and the other, "For Congress Hon. A. H. Pettibone of Green". Additional inscriptions under each spout with "Garfield"and "Arthur". 10 1/2" H. Circa 1880. Historical note: James A. Garfield (1831-1881) was elected as President in the election of 1880 and Pettibone (1835-1918) was elected as a U.S. Congressman for East Tennessee the same year. This jug likely commemorates the 1880 national election. President Garfield's presidency lasted only 200 days (March 4, 1881 - September 19, 1881) because he was assassinated by Charles J. Guiteau. Augustus Herman Pettibone enlisted as a private in the Union Army in 1861 and rose to the rank of Major in the 20th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment. After the war, he practiced law in Greenville, Tennessee and served in various other judicial positions for the State of Tennessee. He was elected to Congress in 1880 where he served for six years, and subsequently served in the TN House of Representatives for two years. Pettibone died in 1905 in Nashville.
Overall excellent condition with handle having a couple of old tight breaks.