Episode 5: William Henry Harrison v. The World. Alex jumps in the way, way back machine to the Campaign of 1840 to tell the story of the election of Ohio’s 1st President, William Henry Harrison. We learn why 1840 is truly the first modern presidential campaign from journalist and historian, Ron Shafer, as he walks us through the exciting campaign of “Tippecanoe and Tyler Too.” Go buy Ron’s great book, The Carnival Campaign, click here. https://www.amazon.com/Carnival-Campaign-Rollicking-Tippecanoe-Presidential/dp/1613735405
The 1840 Campaign between North Bend, Ohio’s General Harrison and incumbent President Martin Van Buren was the source of numerous “firsts” in presidential campaign history. From popularizing the word Buckeye to the first presidential campaign speech and almost all of this incredible history happened here in Ohio. Mud throwing, huge campaign rallies and even the first President to die in office, this election had it all.
Historian, podcast host and Harrison enthusiast, Jerry Landry, join us to talk about the election of Harrison and his untimely death only one month into office. Jerry produced the William Henry Harrison Podcast and now hosts the history show, The Presidencies of the United States. We discuss what exactly is the Whig Party, as Harrison was the 1st Whig to be President. Jerry helps us finally debunk the old theory that Harrison died from pneumonia caused by giving the longest ever inaugural speech in the cold.
So much of what we see in 21st Century presidential elections got its start 180 years ago in the “Log Cabin and Hard Cider” campaign. Thanks to Ron Shafer for joining us to discuss this transformative moment in Ohio and presidential history. Click the link below to buy his book, The Carnival Campaign: How the Rollicking 1840 Campaign of “Tippecanoe and Tyler Too” Changed Presidential Elections Forever. https://www.chicagoreviewpress.com/carnival-campaign–the-products-9781613735404.php
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