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Did You Know?

• He was the first president to die in office.
• He served one month, the shortest term of any president.
• He gave the longest inauguration speech of any president (8,445 words).
• He was the first candidate to have a campaign slogan---"Tippecanoe and Tyler, Too."


Key Events in the Administration

William Henry Harrison
(February 9, 1773 - April 4, 1841)

Life Facts

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• First Lady: Jane Irwin Harrison, daughter-in-law
• Wife's Maiden Name: Anna Tuthill Symmes
• Number of Children: 10
• Education Level: College
• School Attended: Hampden-Sydney College
• Religion: Episcopalian
• Profession: Military
• Military Service: Major General

Public Service:
• Dates of Presidency: 3/4/1841 - 4/4/1841
• Presidency Number: 9
• Number of Terms: 1
• Why Presidency Ended: Died in office
• Party: Whig
• His Vice President(s): John Tyler
• Senator: Ohio (1825-1828)
• House of Representatives: Ohio (1816-1819)
• State Legislative Service: OH (1819-1821)
• Other Offices: Secretary of the Northwest Territory; Delegate to US House; Minister to Colombia; Governor of Indiana Territory
Methodology and Resources

Presidential Places

Birthplace: Berkeley Plantation
Gravesite: Harrison Tomb State Memorial
Home: Grouseland
Other Sites: Tippecanoe Battlefield

Reference Material

Inaugural Address
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Papers: Library of Congress - Washington, DC, 202-70-5387
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• William Henry Harrison Life Portrait: From the Tippecanoe Battlefield - Battleground, IN
 Guests included: James Huston, author, Counterpoint: Tecumseh and William Henry Harrison; Doug Clanin, editor, Harrison's papers from 1800 - 1815, Indiana Historical Society; and Cindy Bedell, site manager, Tippecanoe Battlefield Watch | Order Videotape
• Jim Curtis and Malcom Jamieson on Harrison's birthplace Watch

 • Doug Brinkley on Harrison’s military career Watch

 • Gerard Gawalt on Harrison's papers Watch

• 1995 Washington Journal on William Henry Harrison Watch
• Don Ritchie, Senate historian, on Harrison’s congressional career Watch

 • Gerard Gawalt on Harrison’s inaugural address Watch

 • Michael Beschloss, LBJ biographer, on presidential libraries and museums Watch 

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