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The Harrison Almanac

The Hard Cider Campaign of 1840



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The Harrison Almanac is a wonderful relic of the first presidential campaign to feature the candidate as an active campaigner.

In fact, William Henry Harrison was the first candidate to actually campaign for himself. Using the motto “Tippecanoe and Tyler Too,” the Whigs played up Harrison’s military and frontiersman credentials.

When Democrats suggested that the superannuated Whig retire to a log cabin with a barrel of hard cider, Harrison’s campaign turned the insult back on them by portraying him as a man of the people, with rough country sensibilities. They were thus happy to label their effort the “Log Cabin” of the “Hard Cider” campaign.

A biographical campaign pamphlet containing political questions of the day, poetry, and, of course, the meteorological conditions coming in 1841. Advertised as “for sale by the principal booksellers”.

Scarce! The Pamphlet contains numerous beautifully executed and detailed woodcuts depicting scenes from Harrison’s life, including a barrel of labeled “Hard Cider” prominently placed on the cover.

Original wrappers chipped all around. Edges torn/deteriorated; toned; some dampstaining. One-half page missing near end; else in good condition with stitched spine. Quite scarce!

Harrison Almanac, Improved edition. New York: 1841.  16p., 5” X 8 “; illustrated wrappers.

Additional information

Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 10 × 7 × 4 in