William Henry Harrison:
A Presidential Unit

William Henry Harrison, the 9th US President, was born 9 Feb 1773 in Virginia. He was one of very few presidents whose was elected while in the Whig political party. He served the shortest term in office … only thirty-two days … before his death due to pneumonia.

Political Party: Whig
Years Served: 4 Mar 1841 – 4 Apr 1841
Vice President(s): John Tyler
Name of his parents: Benjamin Harrison and Elizabeth Bassett Harrison
Wife’s name: Anna Tuthill Symmes
Yearly Salary as President: $25,000.00
Physical Stature: 5 feet, 8 inches
State of Birth: Viriginia


“William Henry Harrison was a descendant of a prominent Virginia family. His early schooling was at home. He left college before graduation to study medicine. When his father died, he joined the army. After seven years of military career he entered politics. As governor of the Indiana Territory he was victorious agains the Native Americans at the Battle of Tippecanoe, and again showed his military skill in the War of 1812. After that war he resigned again from military life. He ran his farm, was a state and US senator and a diplomat. He was unsuccessful in 1836 in his bid for the presidency, but in 1840 he won on the slogan “Tippecanoe and Tyler Too.” He caught cold at his inauguration. It turned into pneumonia and he died after only thirty-two days in office. He was not president long enough to put any programs into effect, so it is difficult to say if he was a successful president.”

On Line Lesson Plans:

William Henry Harrison from TeacherVision
William Henry Harrison from DiscoverySchool.com
Presidential Thinkquest


Coloring Pages, Crafts, and Fun Activities:

Presidential Finger Puppets
Annie’s Page
William Henry Harrison from Enchanted Learning


On Line Resources:

Biography of William Henry Harrison
Harrisons Inaugural Speech
William Henry Harrison from InfoPlease.com
William Henry Harrison from OhioKids
American Presidents’ Life Portraits
The American Presidency from Grollier
White House Historical Society
The History Buff -- US Presidents
Roll Call of the Presidents


Trivia Questions:

1. How many children did William Henry Harrison father and what were their names? [Answer: Elizabeth Bassett Harrison (1796-1846); John Cleves Symmes Harrison (1798-1830); Lucy Singleton Harrison (1800-26); William Henry Harrison (1802-38); John Scott Harrison (1804-78); Benjamin Harrison (1806-40); Mary Symmes Harrison (1809-42); Carter Bassett Harrison (1811-39); Anna Tuthill Harrison (1813-65); James Findlay Harrison (1814-17)]

2. How many days did Harrison serve as president? [Answer: 32]

3. What are some of the things that set Harrison apart from all of the other presidents despite his short term in office? [Answer: answers will vary, see some items in the “Of Note” section.]

4. What are some of the other government positions held by Harrison? [Answer: Secretary of Northwest Territory, 1798; Territorial Delegate to Congress, 1799-1801; Territorial Governor of Indiana, 1801-13; U.S. Congressman from Ohio, 1816-19; United States Senator, 1825-28; Minister to Colombia, 1828-29]



Of Note:

Harrison was the only president who studied to become a doctor.

Harrison's father was a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Harrison and his vice president Tyler are the only president and vice president born in the same county.

Harrison was clerk of Hamilton County (Ohio) court immediately before becoming president.

His widow received a $25,000 pension after her husband's death.

Harrison was the first president to die in office.


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