William Henry Harrison
The country's ninth president
He studied classics and history at Hampden-Sydney College. He then went on to study medicine in Richmond.
In 1791 Harrison joined the First Infantry of the Regular Army and headed to the Northwest. He served under General Anthony Wayne as they fought against the Northwest Indian Conference.
What Prompted His Career as a Politician
After this, Harrison spent decades seeking one form of a political office or another. He eventually served in the House of Representatives for the state of Ohio from 1816 - 1819.
After this, Harrison became a member of the Ohio state Senate. Then, in 1824, he won a seat in the United States Senate.
Harrison was appointed the ambassador to Colombia due to his connections. However, when a new president was elected, he was fired. He returned to Ohio and had no more political successes until his bid for the Presidency.
His Political Stance
His Contribution to His Time
- Harrison was the first President to die in office.
- Harrison was notable for the way his campaign managers changed his image to garner votes for him (they are noted as "having made a common man of an aristocrat.")
How are the Effects of his Administration Felt Today
Explain if He Was a Good President
What Did His Opponents Say?
What are Some Lessons from Him?
- Another lesson from Harrison is that what you want to do and what you can do do not always line up, as seen by his repeated failures in politics.
- Lastly, an important lesson from Harrison is to dress appropriately. Harrison died of pneumonia exactly one month after taking office. His pneumonia was a result of a cold he got after not wearing a hat or cold while giving a two-hour speech in cold, rainy weather.
Quotes from this President
- The only legitimate right to govern is an express grant of power from the governed.
- I contend that the strongest of all governments is that which is most free.