William Henry Harrison

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Date of Birth February 9, 1773
Place of Birth Virginia
Date of Death Apr 4, 1841 (68)
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William Henry Harrison

William Henry Harrison was an American military officer and politician who served as the ninth president of the United States for 31 days in 1841, becoming the first president to die in office and the shortest-serving U.S. president in history. His death sparked a brief constitutional crisis regarding succession to the presidency. Harrison was born in Charles City County, Virginia, a son of Founding Father Benjamin Harrison V. He was the grandfather of Benjamin Harrison, the 23rd president of the United States. He was the last president born as a British subject in the Thirteen Colonies. During his early military career, he participated in the 1794 Battle of Fallen Timbers, an American military victory that effectively ended the Northwest Indian War. Later, he led a military force against Tecumseh's Confederacy at the Battle of Tippecanoe in 1811, where he earned the nickname "Old Tippecanoe".

Born: February 9, 1773, Charles City County, Virginia, British America
Died: April 4, 1841, Washington, D.C, U.S.
Cause of death: Pneumonia
Resting place: Harrison Tomb State Memorial
Political party: Democratic-Republican (before 1828), Whig (1836–1841)
Children: 10, including John and Carter
Relatives: Benjamin Harrison V (father), Benjamin Harrison (grandson), Carter Bassett Harrison (brother), Harrison family
Education: Hampden–Sydney College, University of Pennsylvania
Civilian awards: Congressional Gold Medal, Thanks of Congress
Vice President: John Tyler
Preceded by: Martin Van Buren
Succeeded by: John Tyler

About William Henry Harrison

Ninth president of the United States, the first to die in office, and the last to be born before the Declaration of Independence was written.

William Henry Harrison Before Fame

He briefly studied medicine at the University of Pennsylvania until a lack of funds led him to join the army.

Achievement of William Henry Harrison

He died after only 32 days in office. His death led to the passage of the 25th Amendment to the Constitution that would settle many issues regarding presidential succession.

William Henry Harrison Family Life

His father was revolutionary leader and Founding Father Benjamin Harrison V.

Associations of William Henry Harrison

His inaugural speech lasted for almost two hours in spite of being edited by Daniel Webster.

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