Cyclopædia of Political Science, Political Economy, and the Political History of the United States
HARRISON, William Henry, president of the United States in 1841, was born in Charles county, Va., Feb. 9, 1773, and died in office at Washington, D. C., April 4. 1841. He was an officer in the regular army 1791-7, was appointed secretary of the northwest territory in 1797, and remained identified with its history thereafter. He was governor of Indiana territory 1801-13, during which time he fought a successful battle against the British and Indians at Tippecanoe, Nov. 7, 1811; was representative from Ohio 1816-19, senator from Ohio 1825-8, and minister to Colombia 1828-9. He represented mainly the anti-masonic element of the whig party, but his general popularity made him the whig party's most available candidate for the presidency. (See
—See Dawson's Services of W. H. Harrison (1824); Hall's Life of Harrison (1836); Hildreth's People's Presidential Candidate (1839); Jackson's Life of Harrison (1840); Burr's Life and Times of Harrison (1840); Montgomery's Life of Harrison (1860).
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