William Henry Harrison -

William Henry Harrison

Born on February 9, 1773 at the Berkley Plantation along the James River in Charles City County Virginia—William Henry Harrison grew up a working man in a prominent political family. With his father being part of the Virginia Continental Congress and his brother being part of the House of Representatives, education was a big part of his values. Harrison had private instruction throughout his early education and spent three years studying Latin, Greek, French, Logic, and debate for three years at the Hampden-Sydney College. Later, Harrison decided to enter the University of Pennsylvania where he studied medicine, but he unfortunately ran out of funds and was forced to drop out. As a result, Harrison joined the military and through out work on the battlefield he was promoted to Lieutenant where he reigned victorious in the Battle of Fallen Timbers. But Harrison did not stop there and became captain as he persisted through his daily duties. After quite sometime focusing on his military career he decided to shift gears and enter the world of politics.

Harrison campaigned among his family and friends for a spot in the Northwest Territorial government and became their first congressional delegate. Through this he became the chairman of the Committee of Public Lands and promoted the Land Act of 1800 which made it easier for the Northwest to purchase/obtain land. After serving for quite some time he became the Indiana territorial governor and focused most of his efforts on the issue of slavery expanding in the Northwest. Shorty after the War of 1812 came to fruition and Harrison had to take a break from politics and defend his country as a major general in Kentucky. Once the war ended Harrison resumed his political career in the House of Representatives. In this time Harrison ran for president but was unsuccessful but decided to run again in 1840 and won with a margin of less than 150,000 votes.

Harrison was inaugurated on March 4, 1841 and delivered the longest address in United States history, coming in at around 8,445 words. Harrison’s goal was to focus most of his efforts to expose the Whig agenda and re-establish the national banks. Unfortunately, Harrison became extremely ill with pneumonia only a couple weeks into his presidency. On March 26, 1841 Harrison was pronounced dead at the age 68, thus becoming the shortest term to ever be served as president in U.S. history.