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American President

William Henry Harrison (1773–1841)

Portrait of William Henry Harrison

Facts at a Glance

9th President of the United States (1841)
February 9, 1773, Berkeley plantation, Charles City County, Virginia
“Old Tippecanoe”; “Old Tip”
Hampden-Sydney College
November 25, 1795, to Anna Tuthill Symmes (1775–1864)
Elizabeth Bassett (1796–1846), John Cleves Symmes (1798–1830), Lucy Singleton (1800–1826), William Henry (1802–1838), John Scott (1804–1878), Benjamin (1806-1840), Mary Symmes (1809–1842), Carter Bassett (1811–1839), Anna Tuthill (1813–1865), James Findlay (1814–1817)
Political Party
April 4, 1841, Washington, D.C.
William Henry Harrison Memorial State Park, North Bend, Ohio
A Life in Brief
William Henry Harrison served the shortest time of any American President—only thirty-two days. He also was the first President from the Whig Party. He had won his nickname, “Old Tip,” as the tough commanding general of American forces who defeated hostile Native Americans at the Battle of Tippecanoe in the Ohio River Valley in 1811. More »

Essays on William Henry Harrison and His Administration

William Henry Harrison
A Life in Brief
Life Before the Presidency
Campaigns and Elections
Domestic Affairs
Foreign Affairs
Death of the President
Family Life
The American Franchise
Impact and Legacy
Key Events
First Lady
Anna Harrison
Vice President
John Tyler (1841)
Secretary of State
Daniel Webster (1841)
Secretary of War
John Bell (1841)
Postmaster General
Francis Granger (1841)
Secretary of the Treasury
Thomas Ewing (1841)
Attorney General
John J. Crittenden (1841)
Secretary of the Navy
George E. Badger (1841)

Consulting Editor: William Freehling

Professor Freehling is a senior fellow at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the emeritus Singletary Professor of the Humanities at the University of Kentucky. His writings include:

The Road to Disunion, 1776–1861 (2 volumes; Oxford University Press, 1990 and 2007)

The Reintegration of American History: Slavery and the Civil War (Oxford University Press, 1994)

Prelude to Civil War: the Nullification Controversy in South Carolina, 1816–1836 (Oxford University Press, 1992)