WILLIAM H. HARRISON
1841 - 1841
1841 – Disputes between the United States and Mexico continue over the land from Texas through California.
William Henry Harrison was
born in 1773 in Virginia. He
studied medicine at the College of
Physicians and Surgeons in
Philadelphia. He joined the army
in 1791 and was active in Indian
fighting in the Northwest ( Ohio
was the Northwest Frontier).
Harrison won a victory over the
Indians at the Battle of Thames,
where Chief Tecumseh was killed
during the War of 1812.
Anna Symmes Harrison was
born in 1775 and grew up in the
East. In 1795 she went to Ohio
with her father where she met and
married Lt. William Harrison
without her father's consent. The
Harrisons had eight children.
President William Henry Harrison won fame as an Indian fighter and a hero of the War of 1812. Following his resignation from the Army in 1814, he
pursued a career in politics and diplomacy, but was not well- known. In 1840 he won election to the presidency. One month after his inauguration he
caught pneumonia and on April 4, 1841, he died at Washington, D. C.
Due to illness, Anna Harrison did not go to Washington after her husband's election. The president asked his widowed daughter- in- law, Jane Irwin
Harrison, to act as his hostess until Anna's expected arrival in May. After Harrison's death in April, Anna did not make the trip but remained at home in
North Bend until she died in 1864.
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