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The Log Cabin Campaign of 1840

Harrison was the first president to campaign actively for office. He did so with the slogan "Tippecanoe and Tyler too." Tippecanoe referred to Harrison's leadership of U.S. troops in a battle against Native American forces near a river called Tippecanoe in what is now the state of Indiana. Democrats laughed at Harrison for being too old (at age 67) for the presidency, and referred to him as "Granny," hinting that he was senile (lost his mental capacity). Said one Democratic newspaper: "Give him a barrel of hard cider, and ... a pension of two thousand [dollars] a year ... and ... he will sit the remainder of his days in his log cabin." What do you think the Whig response to this was?

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