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William Henry Harrison Biography and Facts For Kids


William Henry Harrison was the ninth President of the United States, an American military officer and politician, and the first president to die in office. The oldest president elected until Ronald Reagan in 1980, and last President to be born before the United States Declaration of Independence. Harrison died of pneumonia on his thirty-second day in office making his presidency the shortest tenure in United States history. Harrison attended Hampden-Sydney College and studied medicine briefly under Benjamin Rush in Philadelphia before joining the army and taking part in campaigns against Native Americans in the Northwest Territory. In the War of 1812 Harrison was made commander in the Northwest, taking Detroit and advancing to defeat Gen. Henry Procter and establish American hegemony in the West at the battle of the Thames River on Oct. 5, 1813.

Trivia and Fun Facts about William Henry Harrison

When was William Henry Harrison born: February 9, 1773
Where was William Henry Harrison born: Berkeley, Va.
Where did William Henry Harrison go to college: Hampden-Sydney
What was William Henry Harrison’s job: Farmer
Who was William Henry Harrison married to: Anna Symmes Harrison
What number president was William Henry Harrison: 9th
What political party did William Henry Harrison belong to: Whig
Who was William Henry Harrison’s vice president: John Tyler
When was William Henry Harrison president: 1841
How many terms did William Henry Harrison serve: less than 1, since he died in office after only 32 days
When did William Henry Harrison die: April 4, 1841
How old was William Henry Harrison when he died: 68
Where is William Henry Harrison buried: North Bend, Ohio

William Henry Harrison Quotes

  • “The only legitimate right to govern is an express grant of power from the governed”
  • “The American backwoodsman — clad in his hunting shirt, the product of his domestic industry, and fighting for the country he loves, he is more than a match for the vile but splendid mercenary of a European despot.”
  • “The people are the best guardians of their own rights and it is the duty of their executive to abstain from interfering in or thwarting the sacred exercise of the lawmaking functions of their government.”
  • “To Englishmen, life is a topic, not an activity.”
  • “The chains of military despotism once fastened upon a nation, ages might pass away before they could be shaken off.”

Timeline of William Henry Harrison’s Life

1773 Born February 9th in Charles City County, Virginia
1787 Entered Hampden-Sydney College however left before graduating because his father wanted him to study medicine
1791 Joined the Army with the approval of George Washington
1795 Married Anna Tuthill Symmes
1800 Appointed governor of Indiana Territory
1811 Defeated the Indians in the Battle of Tippecanoe
1812 Served in the war of 1812
1816 Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives
1825 Elected to the United States Senate
1828 Appointed the first U.S. Minister to Columbia
1836 Lost election for President to Martin Van Buren
1840 Elected President of the United States
1841 Died April 4th in the White House, just over a month after he was inaugurated President