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General William H. Harrison. Hero of Tippecanoe
General, facing viewer, standing to left of his white horse. Horse standing in to background but facing back to general the Inventory Listing of Sidney A. Alpert "General William H. Harrison. Hero of Tippecanoe/ (12 x 8.15) - S "
Depicted here with a noble white stead that turns away from the darkness, General William Henry Harrison stands tall in military uniform. Harrison gained popularity by successfully leading US Army troops to victory against Native American and British forces in the battles of Tippecanoe (1811), Fort Meigs (1813) and the Battle of Thames (1812). Each event helped to pave the way for westward expansion of American territories and later bolstered Harrison’s own presidential campaign.
The slogan “Tippecanoe and Tyler, too” helped elect Harrison and running mate John Tyler to Presidential office in 1841. Sadly, Harrison died of pneumonia just 32 days later, setting a record for the shortest presidential term to date. Currier & Ives produced more than 180 portraits of presidents and other political figures and approximately 20 prints of American triumph in the War of 1812.
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