William Harrison

9th President of the United States of America

Harrison's Life

William Harrison (Tippecanoe) was born on February 9, 1773 a in Charles City County, Virginia. He and his wife Anna Tuthill Symmes Harrison had eight children named Elizabeth, John, William, Lucy, Benjamin, Mary, Carter, and Anna. After Harrison left the army, he entered politics. His first position was as the Secretary of the Northwest Territory. He soon became the territory's representative in the U.S. House of Representatives. Here he worked on the Harrison Land Act which helped people to buy land. This helped the average person to buy land in the Northwest Territory and helped to further the expansion of the United States. One fun fact about him was that he was in office for only 32 days making him the shortest president to ever be in office.

He died on April 4, 1841 from pneumonia. Harrison was promoted to major general early in 1813. In October 1813, his troops won a brilliant victory over combined Indian and British forces in the Battle of the Thames in southern Ontario. One famous quote from William Harrison is that “The Future is here, it’s just not widely distributed yet.”

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