William Henry Harrison daguerreotype

William Henry Harrison

9th President of the of the United States

Vice President John Tyler
Preceded by Martin Van Buren
Suceeded by John Tyler

United States Senator from Ohio

Personal Info

Born February 9, 1773


Nationality United States Flag American
Party Whig
Alma Mater Hampden Sidney College
Religon Christian (Episcopalian)
Residence Ohio
Spouse Anna Symmes, m. 1795
Died April 4, 1841

Washington, D.C.

William Henry Harrison (February 9, 1773 – April 4, 1841) was an American military leader, politician, the ninth President of the United States, and the first president to die in office. The oldest president elected until Ronald Reagan in 1980, Harrison served 32 days in office]—the shortest tenure in United States presidential history—before his death in April 1841. His death sparked a brief constitutional crisis, but ultimately resolved many questions about presidential succession left unanswered by the Constitution until passage of the 25th Amendment.

Before election as president, Harrison served as the first governor of the Indiana Territory and later as a U.S. representative and senator from Ohio. Harrison originally gained national fame for leading U.S. forces against American Indians at the Battle of Tippecanoe in 1811, where he earned the nickname "Tippecanoe" (or "Old Tippecanoe"). As a general in the subsequent War of 1812, his most notable contribution was a victory at the Battle of the Thames in 1813, which brought an end to hostilities in his region. After the war, Harrison moved to Ohio, where he was elected to United States Congress, and in 1824 he moved to the Senate. There he served a truncated term before being appointed as Minister Plenipotentiary to Colombia in May 1828. In Colombia, he lectured Simon Bolívar on the finer points of democracy before returning to his farm in Ohio, where he lived in relative retirement until he was nominated for the presidency in 1836. Defeated, he retired again to his farm before accepting his second presidential nomination in 1840.