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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.
  1791 Commissioned as an ensign in the First Infantry Regiment of the Regular Army.
Battle of Fallen Timbers August 20, 1794 Served as aide-de-camp to General Anthony Wayne at the Battle of Fallen Timbers.
  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.


Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
From Revolution to Reconstruction
Presidents of the United States

See Also

Martin Van Buren
War of 1812
Martin Van Buren

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