So this one will take a while …
This Whig Party ribbon from the “Young Men’s Convention of Ratification” in 1844 supports candidate Henry Clay. At the time, the presumptive Democratic Party nominee was former president Martin Van Buren, so the ribbon takes the popular Van Buren slogan, “O.K.” and has it stand for “Oll for Klay” (as in “All for Clay” – yeah, that’s a stretch).
In the 1836 election, the Whigs took shots at Van Buren by calling him an “old fox,” to which Democrats replied that Clay was the “old coon” that got itself treed by the old fox. At some point around there the Whigs decided a raccoon would actually be a fantastic mascot, and that’s why you see that raccoon there in the middle.
At the bottom, Clay is rolling a ball at Van Buren. The phrase “keep the ball rolling” actually dates back to Whig parade marches in 1840 for candidate William Henry Harrison, when people would roll giant balls with Whig slogans through the streets.
In the end, big nobody James K. Polk was the Democratic Party nominee and he ended up defeating Clay.
Benjamin Harrison McKee
Son of James Robert and Mary Harrison McKee and Grandson of President Benjamin Harrison. Benjamin Harrison McKee, “Baby McKee”, was born on March 15, 1887, in Indianapolis. He represented the National City Bank in Paris, France, for many years. He died on April 1, 1958, in Paris.
Photograph taken in the library of the President Benjamin Harrison Home, March 1938.
(This was one year after his step-mother and cousin, Mary Lord Demmick, sold the house to the Arthur B. Jordan Foundation.)
(Apparently, even in adult life, he never shook the nickname he enjoyed while living in the White House. I heard from a volunteer that he chose to live in Paris as an ex-pat. after WWI because even his soldiering during that conflict couldn’t get people, especially his fellow veterans, from calling him “Baby”.)
Harpo Marx — “just wild about Harry”
President Truman stopped at the Fairfield Air Base in Suisan, California on his way to Wake Island to meet with General Douglas MacArthur. Who should be at the Air Base at the same time as President Truman but Harpo Marx! Harpo visited the Air Base and entertained wounded Korean War soldiers at the base hospital.
Harpo autographed this photo to President Truman: “I’m just wild about Harry, Harpo.”
-from the Truman Library
Actually, it was Mary Crosby, political affiliation unknown.