1773 William Henry Harrison was born on February 9 in Virginia.
1787 William entered Hamden-Sidney College.
1790 Harrison went to Richmond to study medicine.
1791 William Harrison joined the army.
1794 Harrison fought in the Battle of the Fallen Timbers.
1795 William Married Anna Symmes.
1798 Appointed secretary of the Northwest Territory.
1799 Harrison was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
1800 William Harrison was elected governor of the Indiana Territory.
1810 Lead the American forces in the Battle of Tippecanoe.
1811 William Harrison is commissioned as a general and resigns as governor.
1813 Harrison won a victory at the Battle of Thames. (War of 1812)
1814 Harrison resigned from the army.
1816-19 Served in the U.S. House of Representatives.
1819-21 Served as Governor of Ohio.
1824 William Harrison was elected to the U.S. Senate.
1828 Harrison was appointed U.S. envoy to Columbia.
1831 Loses the election for U. S. Senate.
1836 Los the election for president.
1836-40 William serves as county clerk in Cincinnati.
1840 Harrison was elected president.
1841 President Harrison died one month after his inauguration. He is the first president to die in office.
1888 William's grandson, Benjamin Harrison, was elected president.
William Henry Harrison
Description: William Henry Harrison
Harrison's inaugural address was the longest of any president. (one hour and 40 minutes in the cold, he caught a cold that led to his death.) (some sources say his speech was 105 minutes.)
He couldn't shake hands at his inauguration because they were so sore from handshaking on the campaign trail.
On inauguration day, March 4, 1841, Harrison rode his favorite horse, Whitety, in the parade. He was followed by old soldiers, young supporters and an long trial of log cabins.
It was the most people to come out for an inauguration since President Washington. There were over 50,000 people at is inauguration.
Even though it was cold Harrison did not wear an over coat.
On a "raw and rainy" day he spoke for nearly two hours.
President Harrison had a billy goat at the White House during the short period he was there.
William Harrison had a dog named Dask.
Three men served as President in 1841. Van Buren completed his term. Harrison served one month and his Vice President, John Tyler became President. This only happened during one other year.
William Harrison had the shortest term as President. He served 1 month (31 days). He was the first president to die in office.
William Henry Harrison's term was so short that his wife who was ill at the time of the inauguration never moved to Washington D.C. His niece, Jane Findley, and his son's widow, Mrs. William Harrison went with him to Washington to be the hostess.
Harrison was 68 when he was elected. He was the oldest man before Ronald Reagan to be inaugurated president.
After Harrison was elected, President Van Buran invited him to the White House for dinner. Van Buren said of Harrison. "He is as tickled with the Presidency as is a young woman with a new bonnet."
President Harrison was the only president who had a grandson become president, William Henry Harrison.
On March 26, a physician found him to be slightly ill. He was given the best medical care available. He was bleed, cupped. Cupping was placing a very hot cup against the skin to cause a blister. It was thought that the illness would be moved to the blister. The doctors said he had "Bilious pleurisy."
He was also given laudanum, opium, caster oil, camphor, wine and brandy. The "cure" may have killed him.
William Harrison died in Washington D.C. on April 4, 1841. His term of office from March 4, to April 4, was the shortest term served by any president. He was 68 years and 54 days old. William was the first President to lie in state in the White House. He is buried in the William Henry Harrison Memorial State Park, North Bend, Ohio.
He was the first president to die in office. Since he was the first to die, there were no precedents of what should be done. These are some of the things that happened.
His funeral cost the United States $3,088.09, of which $20 was paid for shaving and dressing the deceased.
His body lay in state in the White House. His coffin had a glass lid that allowed them to see the face of the president.
Quotes from Benjamin Harrison:
"We Americans have no commission from God to police the world." (1888)
"I'd rather have a bullet inside of me than to be living in constant dread of one."
1889, As I Knew Them, p. 149
Speaking about himself, Harrison stated: "Some folks are silly enough to have formed a plan to make a President of the United States out of this clerk and clodhopper."
Harrison's last words were "Sir, I wish you to understand the principles of Government, I wish them carried out. I ask nothing more."
For this section of this web site I also used: William Henry Harrison, by Gail Collins.
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