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William Henry Harrison

9th President of the United States
(March 4, 1841 to April 4, 1841)

Nicknames: "Old Tippecanoe"; "Old Tip"

Born: February 9, 1773, in Berkeley, Virginia
Died: April 4, 1841, in Washington, D.C.

Father: Benjamin Harrison
Mother: Elizabeth Bassett Harrison
Married: Anna Tuthill Symmes (1775-1864), on November 25, 1795
Children: Elizabeth Bassett Harrison (1796-1846); John Cleves Symmes Harrison (1798-1830); Lucy Singleton Harrison (1800-26); William Henry Harrison (1802-38); John Scott Harrison (1804-78); Benjamin Harrison (1806-40); Mary Symmes Harrison (1809-42); Carter Bassett Harrison (1811-39); Anna Tuthill Harrison (1813-65); James Findlay Harrison (1814-17)

Religion: Episcopalian
Education: Attended Hampden-Sydney College
Occupation: Soldier
Political Party: Whig
Other Government Positions:

  • Secretary of Northwest Territory, 1798

  • Territorial Delegate to Congress, 1799-1801

  • Territorial Governor of Indiana, 1801-13

  • U.S. Congressman from Ohio, 1816-19

  • United States Senator, 1825-28

  • Minister to Colombia, 1828-29

Presidential Salary: $25,000/year

Presidential Election Results:



Popular Votes

Electoral Votes


tiny U.S. flag Martin Van Buren




William H. Harrison




Hugh L. White




Daniel Webster




Willie P. Mangum




William H. Harrison




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Vice President: tiny U.S. flag John Tyler (1841)


Secretary of State

Daniel Webster (1841)

Secretary of the Treasury

Thomas Ewing (1841)

Secretary of War

John Bell (1841)

Attorney General

John J. Crittenden (1841)

Postmaster General

Francis Granger (1841)

Secretary of the Navy

George E. Badger (1841)

Notable Events:

  • 1841

    • Delivered the longest inaugural address on March 4. It was an extremely cold day and Harrison did not wear a hat while delivering the 105 minute speech. He contracted pneumonia and died in the White House one month later.

Internet Biographies:

William Henry Harrison -- from The Presidents of the United States of America

Compiled by the White House.

William Henry Harrison -- from Table of Presidents and Vice Presidents of the United States - MSN Encarta

Grolier Online has created this resource from its collection of print articles in Encyclopedia Americana. Contains a full biography, written by Robert G. Gunderson of Indiana University, along with suggestions for further reading.

William H. Harrison -- from The American President

From the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, in addition to information on the Presidents themselves, they have first lady and cabinet member biographies, listings of presidential staff and advisers, and timelines detailing significant events in the lives of each administration.

Historical Documents:

Inaugural Address (1841)

Other Internet Resources:

Battlefield Museum/Tippecanoe County Historical Association

Ginger Smith, a fourth grade teacher at Battle Ground Elementary School (Battle Ground, IN) created this site to explore the history of Tippecanoe. Includes some thoughts by her students on the various monuments they've seen and materials they've read. A history of the battle and battlefield, from the Tippecanoe County Historical Association, is also given.

Grouseland, the William Henry Harrison Museum, in Vincennes, IN

Find images and a history of Grouseland, the William Henry Harrison Mansion Museum, built by Harrison in l803-04 while Governor of the Indiana Territory.

Points of Interest:

  • Harrison was the only president who studied to become a doctor.

  • Harrison's father was a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

  • Harrison and his vice president tiny U.S. flag Tyler are the only president and vice president born in the same county.

  • Harrison was clerk of Hamilton County (Ohio) court immediately before becoming president.

  • His widow received a $25,000 pension after her husband's death.




William Henry Harrison

9th President of the United States
(March 4, 1841 to April 4, 1841)


Anna Harrison