Medal, "The People's Choice in the Year 1840"

Medal, "The People's Choice in the Year 1840"

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Description
The Whig campaign of 1840 against incumbent President Martin Van Buren established a pattern of predetermined imagery, from which later campaigns have seldom deviated. The Whigs adopted the symbols of the log cabin and hard cider to promote the candidacy of General William Henry Harrison. An outpouring of objects with designs of log cabins, such as this medal from the 1840 campaign, soon followed.
Object Name
Medal
associated date
1840
associated person
Harrison, William
Physical Description
metal, brass (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 1 in; 2.54 cm
ID Number
PL.227739.1840.B19
catalog number
227739.1840.B19
accession number
227739
Credit Line
Ralph E. Becker
subject
Political Campaigns
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Political and Military History: Political History, Campaign Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
Exhibition
American Democracy
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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