This Cox-Roosevelt button is 7/8 s of an inch in diameter. Would you care to guess what it's worth. I had the first shot it at political button convention. The price was $20,000. I would have bought it immediately, but I had just spent a small fortune (Some people might think a real fortune.) on the most expensive and rariest coin in my type collection. Someone else reserved it that evening. A couple of months later it sold at auction for $33,000. That's not the record for a Cox - Roosevelt button which is about $50,000 for a somewhat more interesting variety. So why is this piece so expensive? The reason is the guy on the right, Franklin D. Roosevelt, who ran for vice president with James Cox in 1920. Roosevelt was an up and coming figure in the Democratic Party in 1920. He had been a prominent state senator in the New York legislature before he was appointed assistant secretary of the Navy in 1913. In that position, he got more press than his boss. The Democrats nominated James Cox, a former Ohio newspaper publisher, who had served two terms as governor as well as almost six terms in the House of Representatives. The Democratic convention had deadlocked between Treasury Secretary, William Gibbs McAdoo (Who was Woodrow Wilson's son-in-law.) and Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer. After 43 ballots, the Democrats turned to Cox on the 44th. The Democrats entered the race with a distinct disadvantage. President Woodrow Wilson was extremely unpopular, and the country was looking for “a return to normalcy” which was exactly what the Republican nominee, Warren G. Harding promised. The Democrats were underfunded and had little money to spend on campaign items. Hence, all Cox items are scarce, whether they mention Roosevelt or not. Roosevelt hit the campaign trail hard. He spoke and traveled extensively, but it was an uphill fight. On Election day the Harding – Coolidge ticket won with 61% of the popular vote (60% of the popular vote is considered to be a landslide.) and an Electoral College vote of 401 to 127. Franklin Roosevelt contracted polio the following year. It would leave him paralyzed from the waist down. Ultimately, he built up his body to the point where he could stand and shuffle a few steps wearing heavy steel braces. His upper body strength was impressive. In 1932 Franklin Roosevelt won the Democratic Presidential nomination and the presidency. He is to date the only candidate who lost a run for vice president, but came back to win the presidency. A Cox- Roosevelt button is not in my future, but I did find a very worthy substitute. This window decal measures 6 by 5 1/2 inches and features portraits that are nicer than any you will find on a Cox - Roosevelt button. To complete the race here is corrisponding piece for Harding and Coolidge Although Cox and Roosevelt buttons are the "holy grail," the Harding and Coolidge are not for the faint of heart either. They will run you $2 thousand or so. It seems that most Americans were not that interested in politics in the 1920s.