America Votes
Presidential Campaign Memorabilia from the Duke University Special Collections Library

William Henry Harrison - 1840

Whig candidates William Henry Harrison and John Tyler of Virginia were elected after a campaign in which Harrison was associated with humble life in a log cabin. Actually, Harrison, born at "Berkeley" plantation, and Tyler were originally Virginia patricians. Harrison was the son of a signer of the Declaration of Independence and a relation of the later President Benjamin Harrison. In one image General Harrison is seated beside the cabin and a barrel of hard cider.

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A project of The Digital Scriptorium, Special Collections Library, Duke University. August 1996