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A Look Back at Wheeling, Crossroads of America, At Next Lunch With Books

WHEELING — During the next Lunch With Books program at noon on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at the Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling, C.J. Kaiser will discuss a little-known event that took place in Wheeling, Va., in 1840.

The talk was inspired by an 1840 broadside promoting Wheeling as host for a regional Whig Party political rally advocating the election of William Henry Harrison as president and John Tyler as vice president of the United States. Their slogan was “Tippecanoe and Tyler Too.” The talk explores Henry Clay’s connection to Wheeling and the prominent Wheeling men involved in organizing the Whig convention who would be divided by the familiar national issues that led to the Civil War.

Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, they begin at noon on Tuesdays in the library’s auditorium. Attendees are welcome to bring a bag lunch, and complimentary beverages are provided.

Call the Ohio County Public Library at 304-232-0244 or visit the library’s website at www.ohiocounty library.org for more information.

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