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[Detail] Major-General Zachary Taylor--President of the United States. 1848.

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National and International Events

The collection shows a number of national and international events, such as battles, that contributed to the appeal of certain presidential candidates.


"A little more grape Capt. Bragg." General Taylor at the Battle of Buena Vista, Feb. 23, 1847. General Taylor on horseback, in midst of battle scene.[c1847]

Search on Taylor for this painting of General Zachary Taylor in the Battle of Buena Vista, Mexico, during the Mexican War. Taylor's victories contributed greatly to his later success as a presidential candidate.


Gen. William Henry Harrison. Campaign banner showing Harrison on horseback; surrounded by 12 vignettes of his home, military service, and political activity. [c1840]

Search on Harrison for this 1840 campaign banner showing General William Henry Harrison. In 1811, Harrison was general of troops at a battle near the Wabash and Tippecanoe Rivers (in what is now Indiana) during the Indian Wars. Harrison's victory at the Battle of Tippecanoe helped him win the presidency in 1840 when he and John Tyler ran with the campaign slogan of "Tippecanoe and Tyler too."