William Henry Harrison
“The strongest of all governments is that which is most free.”
It’s hard to say what William Henry Harrison’s presidential legacy would have been if he’d completed a full presidential term. William Henry Harrison, 9th President of the United States, died only one month after taking office. Many years later, his grandson, Benjamin Harrison, became the 23rd President.
- William Henry Harrison was born February 9, 1773. He was the last President born before the American Revolution.
- Harrison was born in Charles City County, Virginia. His father signed the Declaration of Independence when Harrison was three-years-old.
- Harrison studied medicine and was also a soldier. His gained the nickname, Tippecanoe, after he fought Indians at the Tippecanoe River.
- Harrison was a governor, a senator, a U.S. representative, and ambassador.
- Harrison was elected President on March 4, 1841. He was the oldest man to be elected President. He ran and won against President Martin Van Buren. He and his Vice-Presidential partner were known as “Tippecanoe and Tyler Too.”
- William Henry Harrison gave a very long inaugural speech – 1 hour and 40 minutes – while standing in cold weather. He caught a bad cold and later pneumonia. He died just a few weeks later.
- Harrison was married to Anna Tuthill Symmes Harrison. They had 10 children.
Questions and Answers
Question: Who became President when William Henry Harrison died?
Answer: Harrison’s Vice-President, John Tyler, became President.
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