William Henry Harrison
Served 1841 (died in office)

William Henry Harrison was born February 9, 1773, in Charles City County, Virginia, at the Berkeley Plantation.

At an early age, Harrison decided to become a soldier and over time, became a general. He became famous by winning a battle in 1811 against the Native Americans led by Tecumseh on the banks of the Tippecanoe Creek in Indiana. From this battle, he earned the nickname of “Old Tip.”

Next PageHe married Anna Tuthill Symmes on November 25, 1795, and had 10 children, more than any President to date. One of his 48 grandchildren, Benjamin Harrison, became the 23rd President of the United States.

When the elder Harrison ran for President in 1840 at age 67, thought he was too old. To balance the ticket, Harrison chose John Tyler, a popular politician 50 years old, as his Vice-Presidential candidate. Their campaign slogan, “Tippecanoe and Tyler, too,” became famous. Their fame and Harrison’s reputation for hard work helped him to win the election. Harrison was the third Army general to serve as president, after Washington and Jackson, and the first Whig Party President.

After giving the longest inaugural address in history on a bitter cold day, Harrison became ill and died after just 31 days as President, on April 4, 1841.

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  1. Kevin Titus
    November 20, 2016

    Hello Claire,I am contacting you to help start off this fine US Presidents page. I am the “historical” portrayer of Living History -US Presidents,James Madison, William Henry Harrison,Andrew Johnson,Chester A. Arthur,and my most well-known portrayal of Warren G. Harding! I visit both US Vice President and US President’s sites and burial sites. Also if I may,might you seek out what Presidential Reanactments there are in the USA?+ It is a Christmas tour that could have happened if WHH had not died in those 32 days),I am doing a Christmas Visit to the famous Leffingwell Tavern/House Museum in Norwich,Ct. on Dec.4,2016 from 1pm-4pm. Love to make contact with you to see about doing an event page,we have many coming up? Best Kevin Titus,President DEOA Historical Association

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