Invented in 1843 by Daniel Boone, Jr. as an attempt to cash in on his father’s popularity. Boone, Jr. used the socks when he became a celebrity campaigner for James K. Polk in 1844 with the slogan, “Whigs don’t get cold feet.” Polk won the election, but Boone turned down a job as ambassador to Mexico to focus on his entrepreneurial career.
Boone, Jr. and Andrew Jackson, Jr. lost everything in 1847 when they partnered in a failed theme park, Frontierland, located just outside of Nashville. The abandoned Frontierland site was turned into the notorious Andersonville prison camp during the Civil War. Walt Disney revived the Frontierland idea more successfully a century later in his Disneyland theme park.