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    Unusual Variety 1840 William Henry Harrison Campaign Ribbon. The son of Benjamin Harrison, one of the signatories to the Declaration of Independence, William Henry Harrison achieved notoriety in unfortunate, unforeseen circumstances. A mere month after his inauguration (as the oldest president to that time at age 68), Harrison was overcome by a bout of pneumonia, causing him to be the first American President to have died in office. The upper portion of the ribbon displays an eagle with a streamer proclaiming, "Maumee - Fort Meigs - Thames - Tippecanoe", four battlefields at which Harrison achieved military victories. At the bottom of the ribbon is a log cabin with a horse-and-plow and the text "We will take him from the plough 1841." Although born to wealthy plantation owners, Harrison targeted his campaign to the common man, exaggerating his war exploits ("Tippecanoe and Tyler too"), and promoting himself as a humble frontiersman in the style of Andrew Jackson ("Log Cabins and Hard Cider"). This beautiful ribbon is in superb condition, showing just the tiniest bit of "aging," no stains, no folds, printing is bold and wholly legible. A style we don't recall handling previously. 2.5" x 6.5".

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