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Miniature log cabin, 1840Miniature log cabin, 1840

In the 1840 U.S. presidential race, the Whig party identified its candidate, William Henry Harrison, with the log cabin, a symbol of the common man. This log cabin, carried in campaign parades, came to the Smithsonian in 1961 as part of the Ralph E. Becker Collection of Political Americana.

See also: Political Campaign Memorabilia, Presidential Memorabilia

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