9. William H. Harrison

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“Tippecanoe”


Presidential Basics

  • Full name: William Henry Harrison
  • Years in office: 1841
  • Political party: Whig
  • Vice president: John Tyler
  • Age at inauguration: 68
  • Nicknames: “Tippecanoe,” “Old Tip,” “Old Granny”

Birth & Death

  • Birthday: February 9, 1773
  • Birthplace: Berkeley, Virginia
  • Death date: April 4, 1841
  • Place of death: Washington, D.C.
  • Place of burial: William Henry Harrison State Park in North Bend, Ohio

Family

  • Father: Benjamin Harrison (1726–1791); Planter, politician
  • Mother: Elizabeth Bassett Harrison (1730–1792)
  • Wife: Anna Tuthill Symmes (1775–1864)
  • Marriage: November 25, 1795 in Ohio
  • Children: Ten
    • Elizabeth Bassett (1796–1846)
    • John Cleves Symmes (1798–1830)
    • Lucy Singleton (1800–1826)
    • William Henry (1802–1838)
    • John Scott (1804–1878)
    • Benjamin (1806–1840)
    • Mary Symmes (1809–1842)
    • Carter Bassett (1811–1839)
    • Anna Tuthill (1813–1845)
    • James Findlay (1814–1817)
  • Home: Grouseland in Vincennes, Indiana

Other Facts

  • Height: 5’8”
  • Eye color: Brown
  • Ancestry: English
  • Religion: Episcopalian
  • Born in a log cabin: No
  • Owned enslaved people: Yes
  • Freemason: No

Education

  • Early education: Private tutoring
  • College degree: No
  • College: Attended Hampden-Sydney College

Career

  • Military Service: Yes
  • Lawyer: No
  • Secretary of Northwest Territory (1798)
  • Territorial Delegate to Congress (1799– 1801)
  • Governor of Indiana Territory (1801–1813)
  • Commander of U.S. Forces in Northwest Territory (1811–1812)
  • Major General in War of 1812 (1812)
  • U.S. House of Representatives (1816–1819)
  • U.S. Senate (1825–1828)
  • Minister to Columbia (1828–1829)
  • Ninth president (1841)

Writings

  • Messages and Letters of William Henry Harrison

Election


Campaign Poster

William Henry Harrison, hand-colored lithograph by J. McGee, published by N. Currier, 1835-36 LOC

 

William Henry Harrison, Hand-colored lithograph by J. McGee, published by N. Currier, 1835-36

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