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William Henry Harrison

General and 9th US President William Henry Harrison

Profession: General and 9th US President

United States of America

Political Party: Whig
Political Titles: Senator from Ohio

Presidential Term: March 4, 1841 - April 4, 1841
Preceded By: Martin Van Buren
Succeeded By: John Tyler

Biography: Before becoming the 9th President of the United States (March 4 - April 4, 1841), Harrison was the representative to Gran Colombia and a senator from Ohio. Prior to political office he gained fame for leading US forces against Native Indians at the Battle of Tippecanoe in 1811, giving him his nickname "Old Tippecanoe". Harrison is perhaps best known however for being the first president to die in office, and for serving only 32 days as president.

The Whig party chose him as their candidate in the 1840 election as they felt a non-ideological war hero could defeat incumbent Martin Van Buren. When he took office on March 4, 1841, he was 68 years and 23 days old, making him the oldest president to take office until Ronald Reagan.

Harrison died of pneumonia 32 days after taking office, making his tenure the shortest in presidential history. He was succeeded by John Tyler, his vice president, which set a major precedent for future situations where the president dies or is incapacitated.

Born: February 9, 1773
Birthplace: Charles City, Virginia, USA
Star Sign: Aquarius

Died: April 4, 1841 (aged 68)
Cause of Death: Pneumonia

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Married Life

  • 1795-11-25 US President William Henry Harrison (22) weds Anna Symmes (20) in North Bend, Ohio

Historical Events

  • 1801-01-10 William Henry Harrison is appointed as the first governor of the Indiana Territory
  • 1811-11-07 Battle of Tippecanoe: Gen. William Henry Harrison defeats the Native Americans of the Tecumesh Confederation
  • 1813-10-05 Battle of the Thames; American forces under General William Henry Harrison defeat Tecumseh's Confederacy and their British allies led by Henry Procter near Chatham, Upper Canada
  • 1840-12-02 William Henry Harrison elected the 9th President of the United States of America
  • 1841-03-04 Longest US presidential inauguration speech (8,443 words) by William Henry Harrison