Tippecanoe and Tyler Too

As part of my writing on the life and political career of Adam Huntsman, I’m researching the Presidential election of 1840 that saw Andrew Jackson’s Democratic party suffer its first Presidential defeat to the Whig party. William Henry Harrison of Ohio and running mate John Tyler of Virginia rode the crest of an unprecedented wave of campaign enthusiasm into the President’s House. Five years ago, a band called They Might Be Giants actually created their own version of a campaign song from that election. It’s kind of catchy after listening to it a few times! (The lyrics “Van is a used up man” refers to the incumbent President Martin Van Buren.)


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