a letter from President Harrison
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)
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
Military Service: Major General
Public Service:Presidential Places
Dates of Presidency: 3/4/1841 - 4/4/1841
Presidency Number: 9
Number of Terms: 1
Why Presidency Ended: Died in office
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
Gravesite: Harrison Tomb State Memorial
Other Sites: Tippecanoe Battlefield
C-SPAN in the Classroom
Papers: Library of Congress - Washington, DC, 202-70-5387
Presidents Programs from
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 Harrisons military career Watch
Gerard Gawalt on Harrison's papers Watch
1995 Washington Journal on William Henry Harrison Watch
Don Ritchie, Senate historian, on Harrisons congressional career Watch
Gerard Gawalt on Harrisons inaugural address Watch
Michael Beschloss, LBJ biographer, on presidential libraries and museums Watch