The rise and fall of the Whig party
William Henry Harrison became a national hero after he led a force of 900 soldiers to suppress a Shawnee uprising at Tippecanoe, Ind., in 1811.
An early supporter of the Whig movement, Harrison was selected as their presidential candidate in 1840. Since Harrison hailed from Ohio, the Whigs chose Virginian John Tyler to balance the ticket.
Harrison and the Whigs proved to be shrewd politicians. They promoted Harrison’s military reputation through the “Tippecanoe and Tyler too” slogan. Furthermore, they cast Harrison as a man of the people with the “log cabin and hard cider” slogan.