The Origin of OK as a positive response has many versions.
During the Battle of New Orleans in 1815 General Andrew Jackson asked Pushmantaha, leader of some 500 Choctaws, "How are our warriors doing against the British?"
Panel 2: Jackson started using the term. He became our seventh president, serving from 1829 to 1837. Jackson: "My Vice-President John C. Calhoun resigned. That's OK with me."

"Okeh." Meaning "It is so"

Panel 3: "OK" first appeared in print in the Boston Morning Post of March 23, 1893. Its editor Charles Gordon Greene explained, "It's a variation on an incorrectly spelled slang term Oll Korrect.

Panel 4: Our eighth president Martin Van Buren ran for reelection in 1840 against....

 Panel 5: General William Henry Harrison who sported the nickname Tippicanoe, after his famous victory in the War of 1812.

Panel 6: Van Buren's campaign managers: "He needs a catchy nickname.
"A lot of ads use Old suchas Old Glory."
President Van Buren hails from Kinderhook, New York."
"That's it. How 'bout Old Kinderhook.."

 Panel 7: Overnight, Democratic OK (Old Kinderhook) Clubs sprang up across the country. Van Buren's supporters work "OK" badges.

Panel 8: Unfortunately for Van Buren the voters OK'd Harrison for Prez.

 Panel 8 footnote: OK Lives on as a slang expression for something good in many languages.


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