This & ThatWilliam Henry Harrison- the one month president

As I learn more about United States presidents, I am often amazed at how different they are. The American people have seen fit to elect a variety of presidents. It’s interesting to see how they served, what their strengths and weaknesses were. Who will be our next Chief of State is a question we may have on our minds even this early in the current and future candidates’ quest to gain the highest office in the country.

Recently I was looking at some of this country’s presidents and the name William Henry Harrison stood out. He was the ninth president. As I looked at his biography, I noted that he only served as president a very short time — March 4, 1841 until April 4, 1841. He died after only a month as president..

Harrison was chosen by the Whigs to oppose Martin Van Buren. The Whig Party was established in 1834. It was a reaction to the authoritarian policies of Andrew Jackson. The term Whig was taken from English politics, the name of a faction that opposed royal tyranny. The Whig Party chose him mainly because there was nothing wrong with him. He had a good military record. One of his mottoes was “Tippecanoe and Tyler Too” which alluded to his performance at Tippecanoe where he defeated the Shawnee Chief, Tecumseh. Through his military exploits he became a national hero. His father Benjamin Harrison was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. William Henry’s grandson also Benjamin became the 23rd president.  More...

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