This is another book from the American President Series. His job was to help settlers move into the new lands and then protect them from the Native Americans. The William Henry Harrison Tomb State Memorial was erected at the gravesite in his honor. His was the shortest presidential term, as he passed away in office after contracting pneumonia. A Shawnee chief named tried to unite the tribes against the Americans. I have to say after reading so many biographies of the founding fathers his story seemed to be missing some spark, some energy, some grand power.
This series of brief biographies is a useful way of introducing readers to the American Presidents. It's not the author's fault. I suppose it was inevitable that William Henry Harrison, ninth President of the United States, would be best known for his campaign: after all, since he died after 31 days in office—the shortest tenure of any president—it was unlikely that What's the cause of this commotion, Motion, motion, Our country through? War of 1812 Toward the beginning of the War of 1812, William Henry Harrison replaced James Winchester as General of the Army of the Northwest. Interestingly, several men turned down the vice presidential spot in 1839 before Tyler accepted. He served the shortest term 31 days. Still, an interesting and short read.
In 1801 he became Governor of the Indiana Territory, serving 12 years. What was interesting for me reading this was learning that it was really the first time the candidates started to campaign for themselves prior to that, it was considered to be in poor taste. He served as President for only a very short period of time before his death. And with them we'll beat little Van, Van, Van, Van is a used up man. Harrison ignored the claims of an independent Native American state and said that each tribe could act independently and have their own relations with the United States.
William Henry Harrison was not all that interesting, and in my opinion, a pamphlet or Wikipedia entry vs. An eloquent and energetic chieftain, Tecumseh, with his religious brother, the Prophet, began to strengthen an Indian confederation to prevent further encroachment. I find myself pretty indifferent to William Henry Harrison - probably because he was president for one month before passing away. Before turning twenty, Harrison was an officer in the army and a student of Indian affairs. He said they had no right to take over their lands regardless of whether certain tribes sold land to the U.
I read this biography of Harrison because I wanted to know what, if anything, he did as President in the 31 days he spent in office before he died. His original interment was in Congressional Cemetery in. He didn't wear a coat or wear a hat. Thereafter Harrison returned to civilian life; the Whigs, in need of a national hero, nominated him for President in 1840. He married an Ohio girl, Anna Tuthill Symmes, in 1795.
In 1809, Tecumseh led the Indians to resist an invasion of Europeans. However, Gail Collins' biography was so inept, so cursory, so. He's also the only president not to have his wife move into the White House, the only president not to appoint a federal judge and the first I've rarely been less inspired by a historical biography. She cites the ridiculousness of their 1840 campaign, but her discussion of it is no more serious than what she accuses them of. His grandson Benjamin Harrison was the twenty-third president of the United States, from 1869 to 1893. For presidents like Johnson, Fillmore, Pierce, Buchanan, Van Buren, Henry Harrison, etc.
Or between the nativist Protestants the Whigs represented and those who were less threatened by the growing melting pot complexion of the country. He was the son of a Declaration of Independence Signer, , a well known political figure, and eventual President of the United States. Harrison promised to reestablish the Bank of the United States and extend its maximum amount for credit by issuing paper currency see. William Henry Harrison is the president who never had a chance to building a legacy as he died one month into office. I wish Collins had said more about Harrison's wife and children, but, with a 125-page limit for the text, she had to skimp on some facts.
William Henry Harrison died April 4, 1841. Opium and leeches, it seems, were not sufficient to ward off pneumonia and sepsis. A personal screw up at Tippecanoe up almost cost him the victory. Political Career Before the War of 1812, William Henry Harrison was the Governor of the Indiana Territory and relinquished the position shortly after the war began. But Harrison was not off the public scene for long.
During the War of 1812, Harrison defeated the British and Indian forces and managed to kill Tecumseh at the Battle of the Thames, ending the Indian threat. He was assigned to the Northwest Territory to help battle Native Americans in the Northwest Indian War. As a president, Harrison was known most for having the shortest tenure among any official president David Rice Atchison does not count with 31 days and was the first president to die in office. But it was his presidential campaign of 1840 that made an indelible mark on American political history. At the Battle of the Thames, north of Lake Erie, on October 5, 1813, he defeated the combined British and Indian forces, and killed Tecumseh. Harrison served the shortest term than any other United States President. William Henry Harrison is a curiosity in American Presidential History.