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Object Name Novelty
Date 1840
Description Political campaign novelty. Miniature wooden barrel with carved bone or ivory at each end. One end has engraved inscription "TIPPECANOE." The opposite end has an engraved illustration of a log cabin with caption "HARD CIDER". Measures 1.750 inches high x 1.125 inches diameter.
(Keywords: Politics, United States, Commemorative)
Acquisition Gift of Mrs. Edgar L. Benjamin
Ownership and History This item is from the campaign for William Henry Harrison for U.S. President in 1840, with John Tyler as vice president. Harrison was a general who led troops to victory at the battle of Tippecanoe in 1811, in the American Indian Wars. His 1840 political campaign became known in history as the "log cabin and hard cider campaign," portraying the candidate as a populist folk hero. Harrison was elected, but died of pneumonia in April 1841, one month after taking office.

This item was donated to the Staten Island Historical Society in 1941 by Joanna Hillyer (Egbert) Benjamin (Mrs. Edgar L. Benjamin). It may have descended in the Hillyer and Egbert families of Staten Island.
Earliest Date 1840
Latest Date 1840
Subjects Political campaigns
Presidential elections
Lexicon Sub-category Advertising Medium
Associated People Benjamin, Joanna Hillyer (Egbert)
Catalog Number 41.002.0002
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Efron family in memory of Dr. Meryl Efron, December 2015.
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