William Henry Harrison
Cause of Death Age Burial Location President Grave #
Pleurisy; Pneumonia 68 North Bend, Ohio 13th visited

The Harrison Tomb, perched on
Mount Nebo, is just a few hundred
feet from the Ohio River.

Normally, the tomb door is locked. Luckily,
Mrs. Meyers, the tomb's caretaker, was there
with the key.

Harrison's tomb is made of 
Bedford Limestone.

Many members of the Harrison family are
interred in the monument, including John
Scott Harrison, the president's son. John's
body was once stolen and used by the
Ohio Medical College for scientific purposes.
His body was eventually recovered.

                                       *** Interesting Facts ***

* Known as the hero of Tippecanoe, Harrison dedicated many of his years to the military. When Benjamin Harrison succumbed to a case of gout in 1791, his son soon joined the army. Though he resigned in 1797 after six years of service, Harrison became active in the military once again over a decade later. In 1810, a powerful Native American leader named Tecumseh traveled to Vincennes, Indiana, where Harrison had made his home. As governor, Harrison had negotiated with several Native American chiefs to create the Treaty of Fort Wayne, which resulted in the sale of "Indian" land to the United States. While many local tribes complied, Tecumseh's group, the Shawnee, were less than thrilled about the proposal. Accompanied by hundreds of armed warriors, Tecumseh instructed the governor to nullify the treaty and return the land to the natives. After being told that Tecumseh had threatened to slaughter the chiefs who signed the treaty, Harrison told him that they could do whatever they wanted with their land, and were free to sell it. The argument escalated and weapons were drawn, but no blood was shed. Over the next year, tensions rose further, and Harrison marched with a militia to the Tippecanoe River, where they were confronted by a large force of natives. A bloody battle ensued, and Harrison's men were the victors.

* Today, most people have forgotten about William Harrison's military conquests, as they are overshadowed by his untimely death. Harrison's inaugural address is the longest on record, being 8,444 words long, and it took nearly two hours for the 68-year-old to read. March 4th, inauguration day, was cold and very damp, yet the new president refused to wear a hat or an overcoat. Taking a walk later in the month, Harrison was unsuspectingly caught in a downpour, which lowered his immune system even further. He soon developed a cold, which was followed quickly by pneumonia. When the president became bedridden, doctors frantically used heated suction cups, opium, and traditional indian cures to heal him. Not only did all of these methods fail, but they made Harrison worse. Spending his final days in delirium, Harrison died on April 4th, becoming the first president to die in office, and bringing the shortest presidency in history to an end.

* Supposedly, Harrison's death was brought on by a curse that was placed on the presidency. During his military career the general had made many enemies, most of them Native Americans. Among them was Tecumseh, the Shawnee chief whose men were attacked by Harrison during the Battle of Tippecanoe. It has been suggested that an angry Tecumseh had a curse placed on his rival, making it so that, if elected president, Harrison would die in office. Sure enough, after serving just a month as commander in chief William Harrison died. The supposed "curse" did not end there, though. From 1840 to 1960, every president who won an election in a year that ended with a zero perished while in office (an election is held in a year that ends in a zero every twenty years). Presidents Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley, Harding, Roosevelt, and Kennedy, who were elected twenty years after one another, all died during one of their terms. The "curse" was broken by Ronald Reagan, who was elected in 1980, but survived and passed away fifteen years after his presidency ended.

First Lady: Anna Symmes Harrison

  - Spouse: Anna Symmes Harrison (m. 1795-1841)

Political Party: Whig Party

Vice President:
John Tyler

Last Words:
"Sir, I wish you to understand the true principles of government. I
                    wish them carried out. I ask nothing more."

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