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Lithographed broadside with images of William Henry Harrison as a war hero, a seasoned politician, and as a humble and welcoming farmer
Original Author: George Endicott, lithographer and publisher
Created: ca. 1840
Medium: Lithograph

Gen. William Henry Harrison

An illustrated broadside promotes the 1840 Whig Party presidential campaign of William Henry Harrison. A central portrait of Harrison as a general on horseback is surrounded by twelve vignettes that showcase Harrison's military successes, his political experience, his humble log cabin home on the frontier, and his down-to-earth character. (In fact, Harrison lived in grand style throughout his life.) This Whig campaign imagery was intended to draw a sharp contrast between Harrison and his opponent, the incumbent president, Martin Van Buren, who was depicted by Harrison supporters as elitist and out-of-touch with the common man.

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