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THE POOR MANS FRIEND.
   
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A Whig campaign ribbon, "Dedicated to the Young Men's National Convention," probably issued for the Baltimore ratifying convention of May 4, 1840. (Whig presidential candidate William Henry Harrison was actually nominated by the party in December 1839.) A roundel portrait of Harrison is framed by a wreath, with flags inscribed with the names of his important victories "Thames" and "Tippecanoe."

The wreath is surmounted by an eagle holding the banner "Harrison & Reform." The name "Meigs" also appears, referring to Harrison's celebrated May 1813 defense of Fort Meigs against a British siege during the War of 1812. Below is a log cabin, popular symbol of the candidate's purportedly simple, rustic life-style.


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