A practice in 18th and 19th Century American campaign politics was the use of patriotic symbolism. Many Presidential campaigns would use The National Flag with images of a Party's candidate for "advertising" (as it were). Ulysses S. Grant, ex-Hero of The American Civil War, was nominated by The Republican Party for 18th President of The United States. His political "Banner" was The US National Flag or "The Stars and Stripes". In the Upper Left Canton, was the Standard Blue Field. However, the image of Grant was placed there with 37-White 5-pointed Stars surrounding his image. With the Standard 13 Red and White Stripes were placed on the 5th White Stripe from the top (in Black), the wording "GRANT AND COLFAX" (in reference to both Grant and his Vice-Presidential Running Mate, Schuyler Colfax). First "flown" in 1868, Grant would won the Electoral College and was made President in 1869.