Being one of the earliest political campaigns, collectors covet items from the Harrison-Van Buren campaign of 1840. William Henry Harrison’s Log Cabin and Hard Cider campaign was the first to produce a large number of souvenirs, including these tie-on tokens typically fastened with a silk ribbon. One side stamped: MAJ. GEN. W. H. HARRISON / BORN FEB 9, 1773 and features a bust of Harrison facing left. The reverse reads: THE PEOPLES CHOICE / THE HERO OF TIPPECANOE and features a log cabin. The campaign slogan --- "Tippecanoe and Tyler Too” is in reference to Harrison and Vice President John Tyler’s participation in the 1811 Battle of Tippecanoe in Indiana. The campaign focused on the Whig nominee’s humble frontier origin which was later employed by Lincoln and helped both win their elections. Harrison’s 1840 campaign set the style that has endured since and marked the first of two Whig victories in presidential elections. The 67 year old Harrison was the oldest US President elected until Ronald Reagan and died just over a month after inauguration.


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