An Indian resistance movement against U.S. expansion had been growing through the leadership of the Shawnee brothers, "Tecumseh and "Tenskwatawa (The Prophet). The conflict became known as "Tecumseh's War. Tenskwatawa convinced the native tribes that they would be protected by the "Great Spirit and no harm could befall them if they would rise up against the white settlers. He encouraged resistance by telling the tribes to pay white traders only half of what they owed and to give up all the white man's ways, including their clothing, muskets, and especially whiskey, which was becoming known as evil for American Indians.
In August 1810, Tecumseh led 400 armed warriors down the "Wabash River to meet with Harrison in Vincennes. As the warriors were dressed in war paint, their sudden appearance at first frightened the soldiers at Vincennes. The leaders of the group were escorted to Grouseland, where they met Harrison. Tecumseh insisted that the Fort Wayne Treaty was illegitimate. He argued that no one tribe could sell land without the approval of the other tribes; he asked Harrison to nullify it and warned that Americans should not attempt to settle the lands sold in the treaty. Tecumseh informed Harrison that he had threatened to kill the chiefs who signed the treaty if they carried out its terms, and that his confederation of tribes was growing rapidly. Harrison said the Miami were the owners of the land and could sell it if they so chose. He rejected Tecumseh's claim that all the Indians formed one nation. He said each tribe could have separate relations with the United States if they chose to. Harrison argued that the Great Spirit would have made all the tribes speak one language if they were to be one nation.
Tecumseh launched an "impassioned rebuttal", but Harrison was unable to understand his language. A Shawnee friendly to Harrison cocked his pistol from the sidelines to alert Harrison that Tecumseh's speech was leading to trouble. Some witnesses reported that Tecumseh was encouraging the warriors to kill Harrison. Many of the warriors began to pull their weapons, representing a substantial threat to Harrison and the town, which held a population of only 1,000. Harrison pulled his sword. Tecumseh's warriors backed down after the officers had pulled their firearms in defense of Harrison. "Chief Winnemac, who was friendly to Harrison, countered Tecumseh's arguments and told the warriors that since they had come in peace, they should return home in peace. Before leaving, Tecumseh informed Harrison that unless the treaty were nullified, he would seek an alliance with the British. After the meeting, Tecumseh journeyed to meet with many of the tribes in the region, hoping to create a "confederation to battle the United States.
In 1811, while Tecumseh was traveling, Harrison was authorized by "Secretary of War "William Eustis to march against the nascent confederation as a show of force. Harrison led an army of more than 1,000 men north, to intimidate the Shawnee into making peace. Instead, the tribes launched a surprise attack on Harrison's army early on November 7, in what became known as the "Battle of Tippecanoe. Harrison defeated the tribal forces at "Prophetstown, next to the Wabash and "Tippecanoe Rivers. Harrison was hailed as a national hero and the battle became famous. However, his troops had greatly outnumbered the attackers, and suffered many more casualties during the battle.
When reporting to Secretary Eustis, Harrison informed him the battle occurred near the Tippecanoe River (which led to its naming), and he feared an imminent reprisal attack. The first dispatch did not make clear which side had won the conflict, and the secretary at first interpreted it as a defeat. The follow-up dispatch made the U.S. victory clear. When no second attack came, the defeat of the Shawnee was more certain. Eustis demanded to know why Harrison had not taken adequate precautions in fortifying his camp against attacks. Harrison countered by saying he had considered the position strong enough. The dispute was the catalyst of a disagreement between Harrison and the "Department of War that continued into the War of 1812.
The press did not cover the battle at first, and one Ohio paper misinterpreted Harrison's dispatch to Eustis to mean he was defeated. By December, as most major American papers carried stories on the battle, public outrage over the Shawnee attack grew. At a time of high tensions with the "United Kingdom, many Americans blamed the British for inciting the tribes to violence and supplying them with firearms. In response, Congress passed resolutions condemning the British for interfering in American domestic affairs. A few months later, on June 18, 1812, the U.S. government declared war against United Kingdom. Shortly thereafter, Harrison left Vincennes to seek a military appointment.
War of 1812
The outbreak of war with the British in 1812 led to continued conflict with Indians in the Northwest. Harrison briefly served as a major general in the "Kentucky militia until the U.S. government commissioned him to command the "Army of the Northwest on September 17, 1812. Although Harrison received federal military pay for his service, he also collected a territorial governor's salary from September until December 28, 1812, when he formally resigned as governor and continued his military service.
After the American defeat in the "Siege of Detroit, General "James Winchester, who became the commander of the Army of the Northwest, offered Harrison the rank of "brigadier general. Harrison also wanted sole command of the army. In September 1812, after President "James Madison removed Winchester from command, Harrison became commander of the fresh recruits. Initially, the British and their Indian allies greatly outnumbered Harrison's troops. During the winter of 1812–13 Harrison constructed a defensive position along the "Maumee River in northwest Ohio and named it "Fort Meigs in honor of the Ohio governor "Return J. Meigs Jr..
After receiving reinforcements in 1813, Harrison took the offensive and led the army north to battle the Shawnee and their British allies. Harrison won victories in the Indiana Territory and in Ohio and recaptured Detroit, before invading Upper "Canada (present-day "Ontario). Harrison's army defeated the British on October 5, 1813, at the "Battle of the Thames, in which Tecumseh was killed. This pivotal battle is considered to be one of the great American victories in the war, second only to the "Battle of New Orleans.
In 1814 U.S. Secretary of War "John Armstrong divided the command of the army, assigning Harrison to a "backwater" post and giving control of the front to one of Harrison's subordinates. (Armstrong and Harrison had disagreed over the lack of coordination and effectiveness in the invasion of Canada.) In May, following Harrison's reassignment, he resigned from the army; his resignation was accepted later that summer. After the war ended, Congress investigated Harrison's resignation and determined that Armstrong had mistreated him during his military campaign and that his resignation was justified. Congress awarded Harrison a gold medal for his services during the War of 1812.
Following the defeat of the British and their Indian allies in western Canada, Harrison and "Lewis Cass, governor of the "Michigan Territory, were delegated the responsibility for negotiating a peace treaty with the Indians, known as the "Treaty of Greenville (1814). In June 1815, at President Madison's request, the U.S. government appointed Harrison to serve as one of the commissioners responsible for negotiating a second postwar treaty with the Indians that became known as the Treaty of Spring Wells (1815). Both treaties were advantageous to the United States. In the Spring Wells treaty the tribes ceded a large tract of land in the west, providing additional land for American purchase and settlement.
After John Gibson replaced Harrison as Indiana territorial governor in 1812 and Harrison's resignation from the army in 1814, he returned to his family in North Bend. Harrison cultivated his land and enlarged the log cabin farmhouse, but he soon returned to public life.
In 1816 Harrison was elected to complete the term of "John McLean of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives, where Harrison represented the state from October 8, 1816, to March 4, 1819. In 1819 he was elected to the "Ohio State Senate and served until 1821, having lost the election for "Ohio governor in 1820. In 1822 he ran for a seat in the U.S. House, but lost by 500 votes to "James W. Gazlay. In 1824 Harrison was elected to the U.S. Senate, where he served until May 20, 1828. Fellow westerners in Congress called Harrison a "Buckeye", a term of affection related to the native "Ohio buckeye tree. He was an Ohio "presidential elector in 1820 for "James Monroe and an Ohio presidential elector in 1824 for "Henry Clay. In 1817 Harrison declined to serve as Secretary of War under President Monroe.
Appointed as "minister plenipotentiary to "Gran Colombia, Harrison resigned from Congress and served in his new post until March 8, 1829. He arrived in "Bogotá on December 22, 1828. He found the condition of Colombia saddening. Harrison reported to the Secretary of State that the country was on the edge of anarchy and he thought "Simón Bolívar was about to become a military dictator. While minister in Colombia, Harrison wrote a rebuke to Bolívar, stating "the strongest of all governments is that which is most free". He called on Bolívar to encourage the development of a democracy. In response, Bolívar wrote, "The United States ... seem destined by Providence to plague America with torments in the name of freedom", a sentiment that achieved fame in Latin America. When the new administration of President "Andrew Jackson took office in March 1829, Harrison was recalled so the new president could make his own appointment to the position. He returned to the United States in June.
After Harrison returned to the United States from Colombia, he settled on his farm in "North Bend, Ohio, his adopted home state, living in relative retirement after nearly four decades of government service. Having accumulated no substantial wealth during his lifetime, he subsisted on his savings, a small pension, and the income produced by his farm. Harrison cultivated corn and established a distillery to produce whiskey. After a brief time in the liquor business, he became disturbed by the effects of alcohol on its consumers, and closed the distillery. In a later address to the "Hamilton County Agricultural Board in 1831, Harrison said he had sinned in making whiskey, and hoped that others would learn from his mistake and stop the production of liquors.
In these early years, Harrison also earned money from his contributions to a biography written by James Hall, entitled A Memoir of the Public Services of William Henry Harrison, published in 1836. That year, he made an unsuccessful run for the presidency as a "Whig candidate. Between 1836 and 1840, Harrison served as "Clerk of Courts for "Hamilton County. This was his job when he was elected president in 1840. About this time, Harrison met African-American abolitionist and "Underground Railroad conductor "George DeBaptiste who lived in nearby "Madison, Ohio. The two became friends, and DeBaptiste became his personal servant, staying with Harrison until his death. By 1840, when Harrison campaigned for president a second time, over a dozen books had been published on his life. He was hailed by many as a national hero.
1836 presidential campaign
Harrison was the Northern Whig candidate for president in 1836, one of only two times in American history when a major political party intentionally ran more than one presidential candidate (the Democrats ran two candidates in 1860). Vice President "Martin Van Buren, the Democratic candidate, was popular and deemed likely to win the election against an individual Whig candidate. The Whig plan was to elect popular Whigs regionally, deny Van Buren the 148 electoral votes needed for election, and force the House of Representatives to decide the election. They hoped the Whigs would control the House after the general elections. (This strategy would have failed, as the Democrats retained a majority in the House following the election.)
Harrison ran in all the free states except Massachusetts, and the slave states of Delaware, Maryland, and Kentucky. "Hugh L. White ran in the remaining slave states except for South Carolina. "Daniel Webster ran in Massachusetts, and "Willie P. Mangum in South Carolina. The plan narrowly failed, as Van Buren won the election with 170 electoral votes. A swing of just over 4,000 votes in Pennsylvania would have given that state's 30 electoral votes to Harrison, and the election would have been decided in the House of Representatives.
1840 presidential campaign
Harrison was the Whig candidate (and again faced Van Buren, now the incumbent president) in the "1840 election. The Whig party unified behind a single candidate, and Harrison was chosen over more controversial members of the party, such as Clay and Webster. Harrison based his campaign on his military record and on the weak U.S. economy, caused by the "Panic of 1837. In a ploy to blame Van Buren for the depressed economy, the Whigs nicknamed him "Van Ruin".
The Democrats ridiculed Harrison by calling him "Granny Harrison, the petticoat general", because he resigned from the army before the War of 1812 ended. When asking voters whether Harrison should be elected, the Democrats asked what Harrison's name spelled backwards would be: "No Sirrah". They also cast Harrison as a provincial, out-of-touch, old man who would rather ""sit in his log cabin drinking hard cider" than attend to the administration of the country. This strategy backfired when Harrison and "John Tyler, his vice presidential running mate, adopted the log cabin and hard cider as campaign symbols. Their campaign used the symbols on banners and posters, and created bottles of hard cider shaped like log cabins, all to connect the candidates to the "common man".
Although Harrison had come from a wealthy, slaveholding Virginia family, his campaign promoted him as a humble frontiersman in the style popularized by "Andrew Jackson. In contrast, the Whigs presented Van Buren as a wealthy elitist. A memorable example was the "Gold Spoon Oration that "Pennsylvania's Whig representative, "Charles Ogle, delivered in the U.S. House. The speech ridiculed Van Buren's elegant, White House lifestyle and lavish spending. A Whig chant in which people would spit tobacco juice as they chanted "wirt-wirt," also exhibited the difference between candidates from the time of the election:
Old Tip he wore a homespun coat, he had no ruffled shirt: wirt-wirt,
But Matt he has the golden plate, and he's a little squirt: wirt-wirt!
The Whigs boasted of Harrison's military record and his reputation as the hero of the Battle of Tippecanoe. The campaign slogan, ""Tippecanoe and Tyler, Too", became one of the most famous in American politics. Harrison won a landslide victory in the Electoral College, 234 electoral votes to Van Buren's 60, although the popular vote was much closer. Harrison received 53 percent of the popular vote to Van Buren's 47 percent, with a margin of less than 150,000 votes.
When Harrison came to Washington, he wanted to show both that he was still the steadfast hero of Tippecanoe, and that he was a better educated and thoughtful man than the backwoods caricature portrayed in the campaign. He "took the oath of office on March 4, 1841, a cold and wet day. He wore neither an overcoat nor hat, rode on horseback to the ceremony rather than in the closed carriage that had been offered him, and delivered the longest "inaugural address in American history. At 8,445 words, it took him nearly two hours to read, although his friend and fellow Whig "Daniel Webster had edited it for length. Harrison then rode through the streets in the inaugural parade, and that evening attended three inaugural balls, including one at Carusi's Saloon entitled the "Tippecanoe" ball, which at a price of US$10 per person (equal to $232 today) attracted 1,000 guests.
The inaugural address was a detailed statement of the Whig agenda, essentially a repudiation of Jackson and Van Buren's policies. Harrison promised to reestablish the "Bank of the United States and extend its capacity for credit by issuing paper currency (Henry Clay's "American system); to defer to the judgment of Congress on legislative matters, with sparing use of his veto power; and to reverse Jackson's "spoils system of executive patronage. He promised to use patronage to create a qualified staff, not to enhance his own standing in government.
As leader of the Whigs and a powerful legislator (as well as a frustrated presidential candidate in his own right), "Henry Clay expected to have substantial influence in the Harrison administration. He ignored his own platform plank of overturning the "spoils" system. Clay attempted to influence Harrison's actions before and during his brief presidency, especially in putting forth his own preferences for Cabinet offices and other presidential appointments. Harrison rebuffed his aggression, saying "Mr. Clay, you forget that I am the President." The dispute intensified when Harrison named "Daniel Webster, Clay's arch-rival for control of the Whig Party, as his Secretary of State, and appeared to give Webster's supporters some highly coveted patronage positions. Harrison's sole concession to Clay was to name his protégé "John J. Crittenden to the post of "Attorney General. Despite this, the dispute continued until the President's death.
Clay was not the only one who hoped to benefit from Harrison's election. Hordes of office applicants came to the "White House, which was then open to all who wanted a meeting with the President. Most of Harrison's business during his month-long presidency involved extensive social obligations—an inevitable part of his high position and arrival in Washington—and receiving visitors at the White House. They awaited him at all hours and filled the Executive Mansion. Harrison wrote in a letter dated March 10, "I am so much harassed by the multitude that call upon me that I can give no proper attention to any business of my own." Nevertheless, Harrison sent a number of nominations for office to the Senate for confirmation during his month in office. The new "27th Congress had convened an extraordinary session for the purpose of confirming Harrison's cabinet and other important nominees; since a number of them arrived after Congress' March 15 adjournment, however, John Tyler would ultimately be forced to renominate many of Harrison's selections.
Harrison took his pledge to reform executive appointments seriously, visiting each of the six executive departments to observe its operations and issuing through Webster an order to all departments that "electioneering by employees would henceforth be considered grounds for dismissal.
As he had with Clay, Harrison resisted pressure from other Whigs over partisan patronage. When a group arrived in his office on March 16 to demand the removal of all Democrats from any appointed office, Harrison proclaimed, "So help me God, I will resign my office before I can be guilty of such an iniquity!" Harrison's own cabinet attempted to countermand the president's appointment of "John Chambers as "Governor of Iowa in favor of Webster's friend, General "James Wilson; when Webster attempted to press this decision at a March 25 cabinet meeting, however, Harrison asked him to read aloud a handwritten note (which said simply "William Henry Harrison, President of the United States"), then announced that "William Henry Harrison, President of the United States, tells you, gentlemen, that, by God, John Chambers shall be governor of Iowa!"
Harrison's only official act of consequence was to call Congress into a special session. Henry Clay and he had disagreed over the necessity of such a session, and when on March 11 Harrison's cabinet proved evenly divided, the president vetoed the idea. When Clay pressed Harrison on the special session on March 13, the president rebuffed his counsel and told him not to visit the White House again, but to address him only in writing. A few days later, however, Treasury Secretary "Thomas Ewing reported to Harrison that federal funds were in such trouble that the government could not continue to operate until Congress' regularly scheduled session in December; Harrison thus relented, and on March 17 proclaimed the special session in the interests of "the condition of the revenue and finance of the country". The session was scheduled to begin on May 31.
Administration and cabinet
|The Harrison Cabinet|
|"President||William Henry Harrison||1841|
|"Vice President||"John Tyler||1841|
|"Secretary of State||"Daniel Webster||1841|
|"Secretary of Treasury||"Thomas Ewing||1841|
|"Secretary of War||"John Bell||1841|
|"Attorney General||"John J. Crittenden||1841|
|"Postmaster General||"Francis Granger||1841|
|"Secretary of the Navy||"George E. Badger||1841|
Death and funeral
On March 26, 1841, Harrison became ill with a "cold. According to the prevailing medical misconception of that time, his illness was believed to be caused by the bad weather at his inauguration, but Harrison's illness did not arise until more than three weeks after the event. Harrison tried to rest in the White House, but could not find a quiet room because of the steady crowd of office seekers. His extremely busy social schedule also made rest time scarce.
Harrison's doctors tried several cures, such as applying "opium, "castor oil, "leeches, and "Virginia snakeweed, but the treatments only made Harrison worse and he became delirious. He died nine days after becoming ill, at 12:30 a.m. on April 4, 1841. Harrison's doctor, Thomas Miller, diagnosed Harrison's "cause of death as "pneumonia of the lower lobe of the right lung." A medical analysis made in 2014, based on Dr. Miller's notes and records of the White House water supply being downstream of "night soil, concluded that he likely died of "septic shock due to "enteric fever.
Harrison became the first United States president to die in office. His last words were to his doctor, but they were assumed to be directed at Vice President Tyler: "Sir, I wish you to understand the true principles of the government. I wish them carried out. I ask nothing more." Harrison served the shortest term of any American president: March 4 – April 4, 1841, 30 days, 12 hours, and 30 minutes.
Harrison's funeral took place in the "Wesley Chapel in Cincinnati, Ohio, on April 7, 1841. His original interment was in the public vault of the "Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C., but his remains were later buried in North Bend, Ohio. The "William Henry Harrison Tomb State Memorial was erected at the gravesite in his honor.
Impact of death
Harrison's death was a disappointment to "Whigs, who hoped to pass a revenue tariff and enact measures to support Henry Clay's American system. "John Tyler, Harrison's successor and a former Democrat, abandoned the Whig agenda, effectively cutting himself off from the party.
Due to the death of Harrison, three Presidents served within a single calendar year ("Van Buren, Harrison, Tyler). This has happened on only one other occasion, 40 years later in 1881, when "Rutherford B. Hayes was succeeded by "James A. Garfield, who was assassinated later in that year. With the death of Garfield, "Chester A. Arthur stepped into the presidency.
Harrison's death revealed the flaws in the U.S. Constitution's clauses on presidential succession. "Article II of the Constitution states: "In Case of the Removal of the President from Office, or of his Death, Resignation, or Inability to discharge the Powers and Duties of the said Office, the Same shall devolve on the Vice President ... and [the Vice President] shall act accordingly, until the Disability be removed, or a President shall be elected". Scholars at the time disagreed whether the Vice President would become president or merely acting President. The Constitution did not stipulate whether the Vice President could serve the remainder of the President's term, until the next election, or if emergency elections should be held.
Harrison's cabinet insisted that Tyler was "Vice President acting as President". After the cabinet consulted with the "Chief Justice "Roger Taney, they decided that if Tyler took the presidential "Oath of Office, he would assume the office of President. Tyler obliged and was sworn into office on April 6, 1841. Congress convened in May, and after a short period of debate in both houses, it passed a resolution that confirmed Tyler as president for the remainder of Harrison's term. Once established, this precedent of presidential succession remained in effect until the "Twenty-fifth Amendment was ratified in 1967, following the assassination of John F. Kennedy and the succession of Lyndon B. Johnson to the presidency in 1963. The Twenty-fifth Amendment dealt with the finer points of succession, defining the situations in which the Vice President would serve as acting President, and in which situations the Vice President could become President.
Among Harrison's most enduring legacies is the series of treaties that he either negotiated or signed with Native American leaders during his tenure as the Indiana territorial governor. As part of the treaty negotiations, the native tribes ceded large tracts of land in the west that provided additional acreage for purchase and settlement. Harrison's chief presidential legacy lies in his campaigning methods, which laid the foundation for the modern presidential campaign tactics.
Harrison was the first sitting [incumbent] President to have his photograph taken. The image was made in Washington, D.C., on his inauguration day in 1841. Photographs exist of "John Quincy Adams, "Andrew Jackson, and "Martin Van Buren, but these images were taken after they left office. The Harrison image was also the first presidential photograph. The original "daguerreotype of Harrison on his inauguration day has been lost—although at least one early photographic copy exists in the archives of the "Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Harrison died nearly penniless. Congress voted his wife, Anna, a presidential "widow's pension of $25,000, one year of Harrison's salary (equivalent to about $580,403 in today's dollars, depending on the formula used). She also received the right to mail letters free of charge.
Harrison's son, "John Scott Harrison, represented Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives between 1853 and 1857. Harrison's grandson, "Benjamin Harrison of Indiana, served as the 23rd U.S. president from 1889 to 1893, making William and Benjamin Harrison the only grandparent–grandchild pair of U.S. presidents.
Honors and tributes
On February 19, 2009, the "U.S. Mint released the ninth coin in the "Presidential $1 Coin Program, bearing Harrison's likeness. A total of 98,420,000 coins were minted.
Several monuments and memorial statues have been erected in tribute to Harrison:
- A bronze statue of Harrison is one of several erected on Monument Circle, surrounding the "Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument in downtown "Indianapolis. John H. Mahoney received the commission to create the Harrison statue in 1895; it was completed in 1899.
- A statue of Harrison is part of a granite monument erected in 1908 to commemorate the Battle of Tippecanoe, which took place near the present-day town of "Battle Ground, Indiana, in "Tippecanoe County.
- A limestone statue of Harrison in civilian attire, created by Harold "Dugan" Elgar, was initially erected in 1972 on the campus of Vincennes University in "Vincennes, Indiana; however, the statue was damaged and placed in storage until 2002, when it was mounted in front of the school's Matthew Welsh Administration building.
- A limestone-relief carving of Harrison by Larry Beisler is part of a sculpture in front of the "Harrison County, Indiana, visitors' center. The sculpture was dedicated in 2001.
- The Ten O'Clock Line Monument by sculptor Frederick L. Hollis in "Owen County, Indiana, commemorates a treaty signed in 1809. Harrison is one of the two central figures in the limestone monument, which was completed in 1957; the other figure depicts Chief "Little Turtle of the "Miami people.
- Harrison is one of three figures depicted in the north and south "pediments of the "Tippecanoe County Courthouse in "Lafayette, Indiana; the other two figures in the pediments depict Tecumseh and the "Marquis de Lafayette.
- A "bronze statue of a uniformed General Harrison on horseback was dedicated in 1896 in Cincinnati's "Piatt Park."Louis T. Rebisso of the "Cincinnati School of Design and his student, "Clement Barnhorn, created the work. "Ohio's First President" is inscribed on the north side of the pedestal; the south side includes an inscription of his name. The statue, which is notable for being the only equestrian monument in Cincinnati, is unusual because there is no saddle on the horse, so the stirrups appear to be airborne. One of the horse's legs is raised to indicate that the rider was wounded in battle. The monument originally faced east, toward Vine Street, but it was moved in 1988 to its present location facing west, toward the "Covenant First Presbyterian Church across Elm Street.
Numerous places have been named in Harrison's honor:
- "Harrison, Michigan
- "Harrison, New Jersey
- "Harrison, Ohio
- "Tipp City, Ohio (formerly Tippecanoe City)
- "Tippecanoe, Ohio
- "Harrison, Tennessee
- "Harrison County, Indiana
- "Harrison County, Mississippi
- "Harrison County, Iowa
- "Harrison County, Ohio
- At least three schools have been named in Harrison's honor: "William Henry Harrison High School in Evansville, "William Henry Harrison High School in West Lafayette, "Indiana, and William Henry Harrison High in "Harrison, Ohio).
- William Henry Harrison Park in "Pemberville, Ohio, was near the site of one of General Harrison's Northwestern Army military encampments during the "War of 1812.
- "Camp Harrison was a "Union Army military post near Cincinnati during the "American Civil War
- "Fort William Henry Harrison, a military fort in "Montana, was initially named "Fort Harrison in 1892 to honor "President Benjamin Harrison, the twenty-third president, but the fort was renamed in 1906 as a tribute to William Henry Harrison, the ninth president, after it was discovered that a U.S. Army fort in Indianapolis had already been named in honor of Benjamin Harrison.
Harrison is one of nineteen U.S. presidents with no military vessel named after them.
In popular culture
- "James Seay portrays Harrison in the 1952 "Technicolor "western film, "Brave Warrior, which is based on events of the "War of 1812 and the "Battle of Tippecanoe. "Jay Silverheels, best known for his role as "Tonto in the popular television series, "The Lone Ranger, portrays "Tecumseh, Harrison's adversary.
- "DEFA, the state-owned "East German studio released the "red western film, "Tecumseh, in 1972, with Wolfgang Greese in the role of Governor Harrison.
- Tecumseh!, an outdoor stage drama, has been running since 1973 near "Chillicothe, Ohio, at the Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre. "Allan W. Eckert, a novelist/historian and a seven-time "Pulitzer Prize nominee and an "Emmy recipient, wrote the play, which centers on the life of Tecumseh and depicts interactions between the Shawnee leader and Harrison in the early nineteenth century.
- Tecumseh: The Last Warrior, a 1995 "TNT Network film about Tecumseh's life, is based on "James Alexander Thom's book, Panther in the Sky. The documentary was produced, in part, by "Francis Ford Coppola; it was filmed near "Winston-Salem, North Carolina. "David Clennon portrays Harrison.
- "Dwier Brown, best known for his role in the 1989 film, "Field of Dreams, portrays Harrison in "Tecumseh's Vision", episode 2 of the "PBS mini-series documentary, "We Shall Remain (2009).
- On January 20, 2015, the American television sitcom, "Parks and Recreation, aired "William Henry Harrison" (season 7, episode 3), which centers on a visit to a fictionalized version of the William Henry Harrison Museum at "Grouseland. The set included a reproduction of the tin ball used in Harrison's 1840 presidential campaign that inspired the "idiom, "keep the ball rolling"
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