William Henry Harrison | Black Hills & Badlands - South Dakota

William Henry Harrison

  • William Henry Harrison
John Lopez

William Henry Harrison joined the military to fight in the War of 1812. In 1811, Harrison led a force against the Indian Confederacy in Indiana. Tecumseh and his brother the Prophet were the leaders of the Confederacy. The Native Americans attacked Harrison and his men while they slept at Tippecanoe Creek. Harrison quickly led his men to stop the attackers and then burned their town called Prophetstown. Many would claim that Harrison's death as president directly related to Tecumseh's Curse. When Harrison took office, he gave the longest inaugural address ever talking for one hour and 40 minutes. It was delivered in the cold during the month of March. He then got caught in the rain and in the end came down with a cold. His illness got worse until he finally died on April 4, 1841. He only served one month, from March 4 until April 4, 1841. He was the first president to die in office. http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents/williamhenryharrison

​Presidential Years: 1841

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