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WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON

General William Henry Harrison

William Henry Harrison gained fame as an Indian fighter, especially after defeating the Shawnee Indians at the Battle of Tippecanoe in 1811, an accomplishment which led to his being nicknamed "Tippecanoe." The Whig Party first ran Harrison for President against Democrat Martin Van Buren in 1836. He lost. They ran him again in 1840. Using Harrison's colorful military career as their theme, the Whigs turned the campaign into a circus and made "Tippecanoe and Tyler too!" their rallying cry. This time Harrison defeated Van Buren, making him the first Whig President.

Chronology of His Life and Career

Berkeley February 9, 1773 Born at Berkeley Plantation, in Charles City County, Virginia.
  1794 Developed a plan which led to an American victory on the Miami River.
  November 25, 1795 Married Anna Symmes.
  1798 Appointed Secretary of the Northwest Territory.
  1799 Elected the first delegate to Congress from the Northwest Territory.
  1801-1813 Governor of Indiana Territory.
Grouseland 1804 Moved into Grouseland.
  1809 Negotiated a treaty with Indian leaders which transferred about 2,900,000 acres of land on the Wabash and White rivers to settlers.
  November 7, 1811 Defeated Shawnee Indians at the Battle of Tippecanoe.
  1812-1814 Served in the War of 1812.
  ~1814 Settled on a farm in North Bend, Ohio.
  1816-1819 Member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
  1819-1821 Elected to the Ohio Senate.
  1820 Unsuccessful candidate for Governor of Ohio.
  1822 Unsuccessful candidate for U.S. House of Representatives.
  1825-1828 Member of the U.S. Senate.
  1828-1829 U.S. Minister to Colombia.
  1836 Defeated for the presidency by Martin Van Buren.
  1840 Elected President of the United States.
Harrison Tomb April 4, 1841 Died in the White House.

Sources

Biographical Directory of the United States Congress bioguide.congress.gov
From Revolution to Reconstruction odur.let.rug.nl
Presidents of the United States www.ipl.org

See Also

Martin Van Buren
Virginia
War of 1812
Ohio

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