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William Henry Harrison

9th President of the United States

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William Henry Harrison was the first Whig to be elected President. Born in Berkeley VA in 1773, he was the son of Benjamin Harrison, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. He served as secretary of the Northwest Territory in 1798 and was its delegate to the United States House of Representatives in 1798. He was the first governor of the Indiana Territory. In 1811, he put down an uprising of Shawnee Indianas at Tippecanoe IN, from which his nickname arose. With his running mate John Tyler, he ran for President in 1840 with the slogan "Tippecanoe and Tyler too." Although born to one of the wealthiest, most prestigious, and most influential families in Virginia, he was elected President by identifying himself with "log cabin and hard cider." Unfortunately, he caught pneumonia during the inauguration and died on April 4, 1841, having served only 31 days.