Henry Clay for president, 1844

In 1844, Whig candidate Henry Clay and his running mate, Theodore Frelinghuysen, were defeated by Democrat James K. Polk and George M. Dallas.

Clay believed an increase in tariffs would help keep American industry strong. In the ribbon, the Whig mascot, the raccoon, takes on the Democratic Party mascot (at the time), the rooster.Henry Clay ribbon from Heritage Auctions (HA.com)

Henry Clay for president, 1844

In 1844, Whig candidate Henry Clay and his running mate, Theodore Frelinghuysen, were defeated by Democrat James K. Polk and George M. Dallas.

Clay believed an increase in tariffs would help keep American industry strong. In the ribbon, the Whig mascot, the raccoon, takes on the Democratic Party mascot (at the time), the rooster.

Henry Clay ribbon from Heritage Auctions (HA.com)

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