Whigs, William Henry Harrison, and "Log Cabin and Hard Cider"
In the presidential race of 1840, the Whig party used symbols like this log cabin with cider barrel to associate its candidate, William Henry Harrison, with the America of the pioneers and the common man. Though Harrison came from a wealthy Virginia family, the Whigs invented a frontier heritage for him. Under the slogan of "Log Cabin and Hard Cider," they claimed Harrison embodied the rugged, simple virtues of the early settlers.
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