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A Chronology of William Henry Harrison's Life and Career

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.

General William Henry Harrison

February 9, 1773 Berkeley 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.
1804 Grouseland 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.
April 4, 1841 Harrison Tomb Died in the White House.

SOURCES
Biographical Directory of the United States Congress bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=H000279
From Revolution to Reconstruction odur.let.rug.nl/~usa/P/wh9/
Presidents of the United States www.ipl.org/div/potus/whharrison.html

SEE ALSO
Martin Van Buren
Virginia
War of 1812
Ohio

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