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William Henry Harrison

William Henry Harrison

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William Henry Harrison was the 9th President of the United States...and the one who served the shortest term. Harrison, born in 1773 in Virginia, was a governor of the Indiana Territory, a US Representative and senator from Ohio, and a general during the War of 1812 before running for president in 1840.

Harrison was something of a folk hero and popular for his unrefined, pioneer ways. His inaugral speech was the longest in history--nearly two hours, given outdoors on a snowy day in March. The 68-year-old president grew ill from the exposure and died of pneumonia on April 4, the first president to die in office.

Harrison's Ohio connections include serving as the Secetary for the Northwest Territory (which included Ohio) in 1798, as the Territory's first delgate to Congress (in 1799, and as the state's congressman and senator. Harrison is buried in North Bend, Ohio (near Cincinnati) at the William Henry Harrison Tomb State Memorial.

Harrison began one of several Ohio political dynasties. His son, John Scott Harrison, was elected to the US House of Representatives from Ohio (1853-1857) and Harrison's grandson, Benjamin Harrison, became the 23rd president in 1889.
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