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Object Name Poster
Catalog Number 1962.114
Date 1844
Material(s) Paper;
Dimensions H-9.625 W-15.75 inches
Description This is a 1844 presidential campaign poster for the Whig party.

The text on the poster reads:
"Rally! Come Rally; bright beams of the day; Freedom's soul is now bursting to shout for our Clay; Come rally! come rally, a charge and a shout, As the blast of our bugle rings cheerily out: Come rally! Come rally! one effort to save 'The land of the free and the home of the brave.' Oh list! the Clay bugle has sounded the call, And its Soldiers are pouring from hamlet and hall To flock round the standard of justice and right, In the pride of their soul and the strength of their might And woe to the foemen who stand in their way As they press the proud victory for Markle and Clay!"
Under the text is an illustration of a Raccoon pushing a large ball with the words "MAKE WAY FOR THE COONS." printed across it.
Notes The whig party was founded in 1833 and dissolved in 1860.
In the 1840s, the Whig party embraced the raccoon to symbolize for the party of humble beginnings and candidates who were common men.
During this short time, it saw two presidents enter office--William Henry Harrison and Zachary Taylor.

During the 1844 election, the rivial Democrates called Henry Clay the "Ol' Coon" because it was his third run for president. Clay lost the election to James Polk.
Collection KHS Museum Collection
People Clay, Henry
Markle, General Joseph
Markle, Joseph
Subjects Presidential candidates
Presidential elections
Political campaigns
Political candidates
Political cartoons
Political parties
Political posters
Politics & government
Search Terms Poster
Whig Party
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS