The War Of 1812
(William Henry Harrison) By Jaspartap Boparai
About William Henry Harrison
During the War of 1812, Harrison further built his reputation commanding the army in the Northwest, defeating the British and Indian forces and killing Tecumseh at the Battle of the Thames, north of Lake Erie. The war on the frontier began disastrously for the Americans with the loss of Detroit in August 1812. Harrison's army was attacked on the morning of November 7, 1811. Born in Virginia on February 9, 1773, William Henry Harrison became the ninth president of the United States in 1841. Elected at age 67, he was then the oldest man to take the office, and became the first U.S. president to die in office. With the War of 1812 behind him, William Henry Harrison returned to Ohio and settled into government life. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1816 to 1819, the Ohio Senate from 1819 to 1821, and the U.S. Senate from 1825 to 1828. In 1836, he ran for the presidency. Later, he lost to Democrat Martin Van Buren. however, to return in 1840, this time winning the popular vote by a thin margin but taking the Electoral College easily. On April 4, 1841, William Henry Harrison died in the White House. Before, his wife had even moved to Washington, D.C. to become first lady.