Campaigning Through the Ages
Another common phrase, "let's get the ball rolling," hails from William Henry Harrison's dramatic 1840 presidential campaign. Boys and men supporting Harrison rolled this ten foot tall ball from Kentucky to Maryland. Garnering attention and support, the men sang songs and clashed cans as the ball passed from town to town. Decorated with campaign slogans such as "Tippecanoe and Tyler Too," this ball was a pioneer and became a staple in presidential campaigns from the 1840s-1900s.