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This Day in Boston History
July 7th, 1840
Daniel Webster on the Stump
day Daniel Webster, the famous Massachusetts Senator, went north to
Stratton Mountain, Vermont to campaign for William Henry Harrison and
his Vice Presidential candidate John Tyler.
A Baltimore newspaper had suggested that Harrison would gladly retire
from politics to live in a cabin on the Ohio river if he were given
cash and a large enough barrel of cider. Webster seized on the remark,
and painted his candidate as a common man with simple needs running
against aristocrats. They enthusiastically produced hats, placards,
floats and even a transportable log cabin with cider barrels, and successfully
shifted the political debate into a referendum on the candidates' images.
Harrison won the election, but died early in his administration. Webster
joined the Tyler administration as Secretary of State, where he distinguished
himself as the only cabinet official not to take part in a politically
motivated mass resignation.