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The political dancing Jack: a holiday fift for sucking Whigs!!

The political dancing Jack: a holiday fift for sucking Whigs!!



A rare anti-Whig satire, giving a cynical view of the party's image-building and manipulation of candidate William Henry Harrison. Two influential Whigs, Senator Henry Clay (left) and Congressman Henry A. Wise, operate the strings of a "dancing-jack" toy figure of Harrison in military uniform. This and "The People's Line" (no. 1840-28) were issued anonymously. Their imprint gives two addresses used by publishers Huestis & Co. and Robert Elton during the 1840 campaign. Huestis and Elton issued two similar prints, "A Hard Road to Hoe" and "Uncle Sam's Pet Pups" (nos. 1840-26 and -29), probably designed by the same artist.
Sold by Huestis & Co. and Robert Elton? at no. 104 Nassau, and No. 18 Division Streets, New-York.
Title appears as it is written on the item.
Weitenkampf, p. 68.
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 1840-27.

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/





Elton, Robert N.
Huestis & Co.


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