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Funny thing.
I purchased this on vacation in Florida, just because it had a great old look to it.
I did not know anything about "EGAN for Bailiff".
Turns out Mr. Egan was from Chicago (like me), so the button has returned back to its roots.

A bit of research revealed that Mr. Egan was a career politician from the Cook County 20th Ward.
The book excerpt (photo #4) was written before he became Bailiff (yes, he won that election). Piecing together some little bits of newspaper archives, it appears that by 1922 he was a Bailiff in Cook County Municipal Court. So the button could date anywhere from 1914-1920.

A little bit of research of old newspaper articles also showed that Egan had a colorful life.
DENNIS EGAN'S WIFE DIES OF FOOD POISONING ‎
Chicago Tribune - Apr 14, 1926

Dennis Egan's Auto, Driven by Chauffeur, Kills Boy ‎
Chicago Tribune - Jun 16, 1921

DENNIS EGAN ROBBED OF $300, $1,500 IN GEMS ‎
Chicago Tribune - Jun 22, 1917

There were hints of other scandals but I did not dig deep enough to get to the juicy parts of them.

HUNDREDS HONOR DENNIS EGAN AT FUNERAL SERVICE ‎
Chicago Tribune - Feb 23, 1928
Hundreds of friends, public officials and politicians yesterday attended the funeral services for Dennis J. Egan, west side Democratic leader. The rites were held from his home, 654 West 18th street, to Sacred Heart church at 19th and Peoria streets. Mr. Egan died suddenly at his home on Sunday.

In the last photo, I believe Mr. Egan is on the right.

This old campaign button is in amazing condition.
It fastens to a buttonhole on a shirt of jacket.
I believe it is brass - a magnet does not stick to it.
It has a very lovely old blackened patina.

A great collectible from Chicago Election History.
Sally Jechura

RESERVED Chicago Election. Historical Campaign Button. Early 1900s. Municipal Court Bailiff Dennis Egan.

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  • Vintage item from 1900 - 1909
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