People like Daniel Boone and Lewis
and Clark pioneered the beginning of the great westward movement. By the 1800’s thousands of Americans had moved down the
Ohio River to settle into Indiana and Ohio and Kentucky. Most of these settlers had very little money or possessions. But, what
they did have was a dream to carve out a better life for themselves and their families. They came to this new land with nothing
and built with their hands their possessions.
In 1828 Andrew Jackson was elected president of the United States. By this time the frontier vote had become an important part
of American politics and "old Hickory" let the people know he had been born in a "log cabin" under British rule.
This made him very popular and he was elected twice ! William Henry Harrison was no fool either. Old "Tippecanoe" used the
log cabin as a campaign symbol although he was born in a Virginia mansion. Abraham Lincoln was the last American president to be born
in a "log cabin". Lincoln helped his father build several log houses in Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois.
So ingrained was the symbolism of the log house in our American history that as late as the 1950’s Senator Robert Kerr of
Oklahoma proudly advertised that he had been reared in a "log cabin" in his home state.