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Tippecanoe and Tyler Too!

"TIPPECANOE AND TYLER TOO!"

"TIPPECANOE AND TYLER TOO!" was the campaign slogan of the Whigs in 1840, when William Henry Harrison, the hero of the Battle of Tippecanoe, and John Tyler were their candidates for the presidency and vice-presidency, respectively. The party cry typified the emotional appeal of the Whig canvass. Deliberately avoiding issues, its supporters wore coonskin caps, built campaign log cabins in almost every town of consequence, and freely dispensed hard cider to the voters, who were persuaded that Harrison had saved the country from untold Indian atrocities. Few American political slogans have been such unadulterated demagoguery.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Gunderson, Robert G. The Log-Cabin Campaign. Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 1957.

Varon, Elizabeth. "Tippecanoe and the Ladies, Too." Journal of American History 82 (September 1995).

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See alsoElections ; Elections, Presidential: 1840 ; Whig Party .

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