In 1840, President Martin Van Buren ran for re-election. He had no running mate; the Democrats could not decide on one. The election was held during America’s first full-scale economic depression.
In 1832, Henry Clay and Daniel Webster formed a new political party - the Whigs. Their sole job was to oppose the Democrats.
In 1840, the Whigs ran William Henry Harrison for President. He was a phony Andrew Jackson - that is, a military “hero” of secondary stature.
During the War of 1812, he had defeated Tecumseh at the Battle of Tippecanoe in Indiana. So his slogan was: “Tippecanoe and Tyler, too.” (John Tyler ran as Vice President.)
William Henry Harrison won the election.
(Thanks to the economic depression, the Whigs could have run anybody and won.)