Depicted in this illustration, the inauguration of William Henry Harrison in Washington on March 4, 1841. Harrison was 68-years-old when he took office. Hatless and without an overcoat he rode horseback from the White House to the Capitol on a wintry day and stood for an hour in a raw wind while delivering his inaugural address. A month later he died of pneumonia. The artist’s conception of the inauguration included some light finery which hardly matched the weather of the day. (AP Photo)
He served the shortest term of any president, but there’s so much more to William Henry Harrison than that fact.
Here are some interesting tidbits on the ninth President of the United States.
- Before being elected president, Harrison was best known for defeating Shawnee Chief Tecumseh and his tribes in the Battle of Tippecanoe during Tecumseh’s War.
- He died just one month into his presidential term. Historians originally believed the cause was pneumonia, but now think it may have been typhoid fever.
- Harrison was the last president born before the American Revolution. His father signed the Declaration of Independence.
- His grandson, Benjamin Harrison, was the 23rd President of the United States.