Ohio History Journal

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At the Wonderful "Log Cabin" Campaign Meeting at

Ft. Meigs, in 1840.*


Closely intertwined with the coming dedication of the Fort

Meigs monument at Perrysburg is the history of a gathering

which rivaled, numerically, the meeting which will take place

there when the monument is dedicated in September.

The occasion was a speech by General Harrison, in 1840,

then a candidate for the presidency, and 40,000 persons assembled

to hear his address. When modes of travel are taken into con-

sideration it was one of the most notable events in the history of

the country.

Among his auditors were governors of state, military men

and prominent citizens, and every state of the Union was repre-

sented. It was the tribute of the people to the man who had

been with the forces of the country in the bloody Indian wars

from the time when he was a subordinate under Wayne until

he reached the position of commander of the Army of the


In enthusiasm and decorations, and, in fact, in all features,

it eclipsed any gathering held in the states prior to that time.

The political campaign of 1840 was unique in American

history. Nothing like had preceded it. No political campaign

since has equaled it in spectacular features and enthusiasm-

not even the "Wide Awake" campaign of 1860.

The "log cabin" and "hard cider" campaign of 1840 stands

without a parallel in our political history.

At the Whig national convention which assembled at Harris-

burg, Pa., in December, 1839, General William Henry Harrison

and John Tyler were nominated for President and vice president.

* [For this article we are indebted to the Toledo Blade, of May 8,

1908. - EDITOR.]