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William Henry Harrison
December 4, 1839
December 6, 1839
Whigs hold their national convention in Harrisburg and nominate William Henry Harrison of Ohio for President with 148 votes. Henry Clay received 90 and Winfield Scott had 16. John Tyler was unanimously selected as Harrison's Vice-President Pennsylvania
  Henry Clay
  Winfield Scott
  John Tyler
March 4, 1841 William Henry Harrison is inaugurated President of the United States. John Tyler becomes Vice President
  John Tyler


William Henry Harrison was born at Berkeley Plantation on the James River to Benjamin Harrison V and Elizabeth Bassett. His father was one of the nation's founders, serving in the Continental Congress and signing the Declaration of Independence. He studied medicine at the University of Pennsylvania until his father died in 1791, and he became a guardian of Robert Morris.

Unhappy in school, Harrison joined the U. S. Army with a recommendation from "Lighthorse Harry" Lee, a friend of his father and cosigner of the Declaration. In 1793, after the death of his mother, Harrison inherited Berkeley Plantation and sold it to his brother. The following year, as aide-de-camp to General "Mad" Anthony Wayne, Harrison fought in the Battle of Fallen Timbers on August 20, 1794. In 1795 he married Anna Symmes, with whom he would have 10 children.

In 1797 Harrison resigned his commission but stayed in the west to serve as secretary to the governor, as a non-voting representative from the Indiana Territory, and finally as territorial governor. Harrison's repeated attempts to allow slavery in the Indiana Territory is one of the earliest abolitionist successes.

With his pro-slavery platform blocked by one of the first abolitionist legislatures in the United States, Harrison decided to organize an army against a Shawnee uprising led by Tecumseh ("The Prophet"). In the Battle of Tippecanoe on November 7, 1811 the Americans were attacked by a small group of Shawnee Indians before sunrise. Harrison's line was breached in several places by the fierce Indian attack, but when the sun rose the Territorial Army realized they were under attack by a small group of men and attacked, driving off Tecumseh's warriors.

During the War of 1812 Harrison led the Army of the Northwest, attacking the British in present-day Michigan and moving into Canada. At the Battle of the Thames, on October 5, 1813, Harrison defeated a combined force of British and Shawnee near Chatham, Ontario. Shawnee warrior Tecumseh was killed during the fighting. Because of disagreements with Secretary of War John Armstrong, Harrison resigned his command in 1814, before the end of the War of 1812.

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