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Political cartoon with William Henry Harrison depicted as a dancing toy being manipulated by two influential members of the Whig Party
Original Author: Robert N. Elton
Created: 1840
Medium: Woodcut and letterpress print with watercolor on wove paper
Publisher: Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division

Political Cartoon Opposing Whig Candidate William Henry Harrison

An 1840 woodcut print satirizes the Whig Party and its efforts to manipulate the image of U.S. presidential candidate William Henry Harrison. This rare cartoon portrays two influential Whigs, Virginia congressman Henry A. Wise (right) and Kentucky senator Henry Clay as they pull the strings of a "dancing-jack" toy figure of Harrison in military uniform. The image is entitled The Political Dancing Jack: A Holiday Fit For Sucking Whigs!!