High places in government like steep rocks only accessible to eagles and reptiles
Campaign satire predicting Whig presidential candidate William Henry Harrison's ascendancy over Democrat Martin Van Buren. In the center of the print is a mountain with a statue of George Washington, "Pater Patriae," on its pinnacle. Descending the mountain is incumbent President Jackson, portrayed as a snapping turtle. Van Buren is a snake, slithering out of a "Pool of Corruption" below as Harrison, an eagle, flies overhead. Jackson: "Here I go full of glory! Martin my boy look out for Harrison he'll be down upon you like an eagle." Van Buren: "What does the old snapper say. D--n Harrison he cant "crawl"1along as I can." Harrison: "No but I can "fly" ahead of you."
Entered . . . 1836 by H.R. Robinson.
Published April 1836, by the proprietor H.R. Robinson, 48 Cortlandt St. New York.
The print was registered for copyright on April 18, 1836.
Title appears as it is written on the item.
Weitenkampf, p. 45.
Forms part of: American cartoon print filing series (Library of Congress)
Published in: American political prints, 1766-1876 / Bernard F. Reilly. Boston : G.K. Hall, 1991, entry 1836-10.
Born: Feb. 9, 1773 Died: April 4, 1841 Presidential Term: March 4, 1841 - April 4, 1841 Vice President: John Tyler William Henry Harrison, American military officer and politician was the ninth President of the United States (1841), the oldest President to be elected at the time. Delivering the longest inaugural address in U.S. history, he came down with pneumonia that made his 30-day presidency the shortest in U.S. history. On his 32nd day, he became the first to die in office, serving the shortest tenure in U.S. Presidential history. "All the measures of the Government are directed to the purpose of making the rich richer and the poor poorer." /William Henry Harrison/