William Henry Harrison was a military hero and Whig politician who had been governor of Indiana Territory. The Democrats made jibes about Harrison’s rustic stomping grounds in Indiana, which backfired when the Whigs presented the well-born Virginian as a type of Daniel Boone, using posters of log cabins and the motto, “Tippecanoe and Tyler too.” Tippecanoe was the site of a battle where Harrison’s troops defeated Indians led by Chief Tecumseh, and John Tyler was Harrison’s vice-presidential running mate (soon to be President, since Harrison died shortly after taking office). The Whigs also treated the voters to plenty of hard cider, supposedly the frontiersman’s favorite beverage.

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