A daily dose of Inspiration for you!

I have been taking the approximately month and a half to review the United States past Presidents as inspiration.  All adult citizens are preparing to vote for the next President of the United States of America.  Looking back, may prepare each of us to move forward.  We can be inspired by the Presidents of the United States of America.


William Henry Harrison was the 9th President of the United States of America.  He held office from March 4, 1841 until April 4, 1841.  He was, also, a military officer and a politician. He served the shortest term of any President after he died from complications of pneumonia.  He was 68 years old.


William Henry Harrison was born in Charles City, Virginia Colony, British America in 1773.  He was the last President born in what was then British America.  He had six older siblings.  His family was involved in Virginia Politics.  His father was a delegate to the Continental Congress and signed the Declaration of Independence.  William Henry entered Presbyterian Hampden-Sydney College when he was 14 years old.  After being pulled from this school by his father, he briefly attended a boys’ academy before attending medical training at the University of Pennsylvania.  His father died in 1791 and William Henry left school.  He enlisted in the U.S. Army.


He first served in the military from 1791 until 1798.  He, also, served in 1811 and in 1812-1814.  Battles he was in include the Northwest Indian War, Tecumseh’s War, and the War of 1812.  Fame he achieved later helped him get elected President.


In 1798, he was Secretary of the Northwest Territory.  He, also, was a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the Northwest Territory’s At-large District.  In 1801, he became Governor of Indiana Territory.  In 1816, he became a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio.  In 1825, he became a United States Senator.  In 1828, he became a United States Minister to Gran Columbia.  His next political position was the Presidency.


William Henry Harrison eloped and married Anna Tuthill Symmes in 1795.  His new father-in-law sold them land in North Bend, Ohio.  The Harrisons’ had 10 children, although one died in infancy.  It is likely that William Henry had six children with a slave as well.


Nicknames of William Henry Harrison include Old Tippecanoe and Washington of the West.  Both of these nicknames came from victories in the military.  This helped his political campaigns as well.


William Henry Harrison has been memorialized and depicted in popular culture.  Places are named after him.  His writing, including his lengthy inaugural address, and books about him are published.


Be inspired!  Have a bright day!

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