One September day in 1840 the proud, independent-minded people of Maine woke up to find that they had changed their political complexion overnight. The Whig candidate for governor, Edward Kent, and his party's candidates for Congress had upset the Democrats. Out of the victory came a new Whig battle cry for the national elections that were to follow two months later:
Oh, have you heard how old Maine
She went hell-bent for Governor Kent
And Tippecanoe and Tyler, too!
Sure enough, the old Tippecanoe River veteran, General William Henry Harrison, and his fellow Whig,...