William Henry Harrison Essay

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William Henry Harrison, (1773-1841), was 9th President of the United States. The oldest president up until then, he was also the first to die in office, surviving only one month. With his known Indian fighting his was given the nickname “Old Tippecanoe” and “Old Tip.” He was the first presidential candidate to campaign actively for office. His election slogan was “Tippecanoe and Tyler Too!”
     William Henry Harrison was born on Feb. 9, 1773, on the James River in Charles City County, Virginia. He was the youngest of seven children, four girls and three boys. His parents, Benjamin and Elizabeth Bassett Harrison, were from prominent Virginia families. The Harrison’s father had served in both Continental Congresses
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In 1800, he was named secretary of the Northwest Territory and later become governor of the Indiana Territory. While in office he demanded that American Indians be inoculated against smallpox and banned from the purchasing of liquor. He then negotiated a treaty with Indian leaders which gave settlers about 2,900,000 acres of there land. Many of the Indians were not happy with this and united with Tecumseh to fight the settlers in which would become the Battle of Tippecanoe in 1811. During the War of 1812 Harrison was appointed major general and in October of 1813 his troops beat down combined Indian and British troops in the Battle of Thames in Ontario.
     He then again resigned from the army after a fight with the secretary of war. He decided to live on a farm in North Bend, Ohio. In, 1816, he was elected to the House of Representatives. Then he was charged with spending the public’s money unnecessarily, but the charges were dropped after the investigating committee found the charge to be wrong.
     After his named had been cleared Harrison he was elected a state senator of Ohio. He resigned from the office in 1828 to accept an appointment with John Quincy Adams for the U.S. minister to Colombia. In office he stated, “I contend that the strongest of all governments is that which is most free.” He only lasted for a year before Jackson fired him and replaced him with one of his
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