The official presidential portrait of <br>William Henry Harrison
The official presidential portrait of
William Henry Harrison
 
 
Harrison as a young Army officer
Harrison as a young Army officer
 
 
Poster to elect Harrison as president
Poster to elect Harrison as president
 
 
A portrait of William Henry Harrison
A portrait of William Henry Harrison
 
 
Drawing of the death of President Harrison
Drawing of the death of President Harrison
 
 
A portrait of William Henry Harrison
A portrait of William Henry Harrison
 
#09 Harrison, William
Topic(s):   Presidents (U.S.)
Quick Facts
Full Name William Henry Harrison
Born February 9, 1773 (Charles City County, Virginia)
Died April 4, 1841 (Washington, D.C.)
President Number 9
Dates in Office March 4, 1841 to April 4, 1841
Vice-President John Tyler
Party Affiliation Whig
First Lady Anna Harrison
Occupation(s) officer in the U.S. Army, government official
Major Achievement(s) Governor of Indiana Territory, war hero in the War of 1812, first president to die in office

When William Harrison was elected president in 1841, he was 68 years old. His father had signed the Declaration of independence. His grandson, Benjamin, would later become president, too.

As a young man, William was well educated. He attended university and studied medicine for a short time. William quit his studies. He joined the army. Harrison helped settle the frontier that later became the state of Ohio.

When William Harrison became president he wanted to show the people of the United States that he was in good health. He walked to the store everyday.

Just before he took the oath of the President, he rode a horse in a parade for two hours. It was winter. The day was cold and rainy. He gave a very long speech that lasted two hours. He did not wear gloves, hat, or coat. He caught a cold.

His cold got worse and turned into pneumonia. The pneumonia killed him. William Harrison was president for only one month. This was the shortest term of any president.

Resource information

Biography.com editors. (n.d.). William Henry Harrison. Retrieved from http://www.biography.com/people/william-henry-harrison-9329968

William Henry Harrison | whitehouse.gov. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.whitehouse.gov/1600/presidents/williamhenryharrison

Miller Center of Public Affairs, University of Virginia. (n.d.). William Henry Harrison: Life in brief. Retrieved from http://millercenter.org/president/biography/whharrison-life-in-brief

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