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William Henry Harrison
A democratic newspaper foolishly published "he will sit ... by the side of a 'sea coal' fire, and study moral philosophy." This was to say that he sat by his fire, drinking cider like the average man. Whereas, Van Buren drank expensive champagne. The voters thought that they could connect with Harrison which meant he would do more for the common man. However, Harrison was in fact a scion of the Virginia
planter aristocracy. He studied classics and history at Hampden-Sydney College. Then studied medicine at Richmond. In 1791, Harrison decided he wanted to be in the army, so he enlisted in the first infantry in the regular army and was sent to the North-West, where he spent most of his life.
At the battle of Fallen Timbers, Harrison served under General “Mad Anthony” Wayne, fighting against Indians. In 1978 Harrison left the army and became Secretary of the Northwest Territory, he divided the territory into north-west and Indiana territories. In 1801 Harrison became the governor of Indiana territory, serving 12 years. On October 5, 1813, he defeated the combined British and Indian forces, and killed Tecumseh. The Indians scattered, never again to offer serious resistance in what was then called the Northwest. In 1840, the Whigs nominated Harrison for president. He won by about 150,000 votes. He arrived in Washington in February 1841 boasting that he had killed "seventeen Roman proconsuls as dead as smelts, every one of them." He made it clear that he would do what the people of America wanted. Before he had been in office a month, he caught a cold that developed into pneumonia. On April 4, 1841, he died, the first President to die in office, and with him died the Whig program.
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