1773 - 1841
…I too well understand the dangerous temptations to which I shall be exposed from the magnitude of the power which it has been the pleasure of the people to commit to my hands… Inaugural Address
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.
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The half has never been told
Edward Baptist, an associate professor of history at Cornell University, discusses his book, The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism