William Harrison (1773 – 1841) [cite this] More images » Life in Brief: William Henry Harrison served the shortest time of any American President—only thirty-two days. He also was the first President from the Whig Party. He had won his nickname, “Old Tip,” as the tough commanding general of American forces who … more life in brief » Essays about William Harrison Life in Brief Life in Brief: William Henry Harrison served the shortest time of any American President—only thirty-two days. He also was the first President from the Whig Party. He had won his nickname, “Old Tip,” as the tough commanding general of American forces who defeated hostile Native Americans at the Battle of… Life Before the Presidency Life Before the Presidency: More than once, William Henry Harrison referred to himself as a "Child of the Revolution." This was no idle politician's boast. When the Harrison family had their baby, William, on February 9, 1773, musket fire at Lexington Green was only two years away. The Harrisons were one of Virgi… Campaigns and Elections Campaigns and Elections: The Campaign and Election of 1836: William Henry Harrison began to spend time with others in his region who had been dealt out of the Jackson regime. Opposition to the powerful, popular Jackson ran so strong in some sectors that they had formed their own party, called the Whigs. Observing Andrew Ja…Domestic Affairs Domestic Affairs: William Henry Harrison gave the longest inaugural address in history, and it was, in retrospect, a good thing, because it is virtually the only record of his presidential intentions. He had deliberately avoided hard stands on issues during the campaign, earning the nickname "General Mum" f…Foreign Affairs Foreign Affairs: Because his term in office lasted only thirty-two days, it is likely that William Harrison had next to no foreign policy. The United States had seen no international wars for a quarter century, and the depression at home was absorbing the vast majority of the new President's attention. His …Death of a President Death of the President: William Henry Harrison's inaugural address lasted nearly two hours, but in the days before electronic media, oratory of such duration was common. During the address, the new president wore no coat or hat. As a soldier, farmer, and outdoorsman, Harrison had spent much of his life in bad weather. …Family Life Family Life: Tragedy haunted William Henry Harrison's family. Of the ten children born to William and Anna, only four lived to see him reach the White House, and only two lived past forty. Harrison's children died in 1817, 1826, 1830, 1838, 1839, and 1840. But one of them, Whig Congressman John Scott H…The American Franchise The American Franchise: The election of 1840 solidified many of the factors Andrew Jackson had introduced into the electoral equation: politics as entertainment, the emerging political power of the West, and the increasing access of the vote to the lower classes. No candidate, before or since, has been marketed to the elec…Impact and Legacy Impact and Legacy: William Henry Harrison was the first Whig to enter office, and the first President to die in office. Harrison's significance in presidential history does not lie in his brief term in office, but rather in the innovative campaign techniques designed by his party to secure him the office. Savvy ad… About His Administration First Lady Anna Harrison Vice President John Tyler (1841) Secretary of State Daniel Webster (1841) Attorney General John J. Crittenden (1841) Postmaster General Francis Granger (1841) Secretary of the Treasury Thomas Ewing (1841) Secretary of the Navy George E. Badger (1841) Secretary of War John Bell (1841) Facts about William Harrison Term: 9th President of the United States (1841 – 1841) Born: February 9, 1773, Berkeley plantation, Charles City County, Virginia Political Party: Whig Died: April 04, 1841 Nickname: “Old Tippecanoe”; “Old Tip” Education: Hampden-Sydney College Religion: Episcopalian Marriage: November 25, 1795, to Anna Tuthill Symmes (1775–1864) Children: Elizabeth Bassett (1796–1846), John Cleves Symmes (1798–1830), Lucy Singleton (1800–1826), William Henry (1802–1838), John Scott (1804–1878), Benjamin (1806-1840), Mary Symmes (1809–1842), Carter Bassett (1811–1839), Anna Tuthill (1813–1865), James Findlay (1814–1817) Career: Soldier Buried: William Henry Harrison Memorial State Park, North Bend, Ohio William Harrison Image Gallery More images » Citation Information Consulting Editor William Freehling Professor Freehling is a senior fellow at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the emeritus Singletary Professor of the Humanities at the University of Kentucky. His writings include: The Road to Disunion, 1776–1861 (2 volumes; Oxford University Press, 1990 and 2007) The Reintegration of American History: Slavery and the Civil War (Oxford University Press, 1994) Prelude to Civil War: the Nullification Controversy in South Carolina, 1816–1836 (Oxford University Press, 1992) John Tyler » « Martin Van Buren American President has changed! Click here to take a short survey and tell us what you think!