What Does the Song "Tippecanoe and Tyler Too" Mean?


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The song "Tippecanoe and Tyler Too" was the campaign song and slogan of William Henry Harrison and his vice-presidential running mate John Tyler during the 1840 presidential election campaign. The word "Tippecanoe" references the 1811 battle between the victorious Indiana militia led by Harrison and Native Americans.

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The original name of the song was "Tip and Ty," and it was written by an Ohio jeweler. The song first appeared during a New York Whig Party rally.

A modern recording of the song by the band They Might Be Giants debuted in 2004, and the song also made an appearance in the musical "How to Steal an Election" in 1968.

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