"Hard Cider" Cane, 1840

"Hard Cider" Cane, 1840

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A critical remark made by a Democratic newspaperman gave birth to the log cabin and the hard cider barrel as Whig symbols to promote the candidacy of William Henry Harrison. The newspaperman wrote that Harrison’s rivals could easily “get rid of” the old general with “a barrel of hard cider, and settle a pension of two thousand a year on him, and my word for it, he will sit the remainder of his days in his log cabin by the side of a ‘sea coal’ fire and study moral philosophy.” Though the Democratic press reprinted the suggestion as a cutting remark, Harrison’s Whig friends embraced the everyday attributes of log cabins and hard cider and the symbols soon appeared on various campaign objects including this cane from 1840.
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wood, thorn (overall material)
overall: 34 1/2 in x 4 in x 2 in; 87.63 cm x 10.16 cm x 5.08 cm
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Ralph E. Becker Collection of Political Americana
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
American Democracy
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National Museum of American History
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National Museum of American History
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