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William Henry Harrison was the President of the United States. He was born in 1773 into a plantation-owning family. He studied classics and history at college and then began medicine in 1791. In that same year, Harrison switched interests and the First Infantry of the Regular Army. He headed to the Northwest, where he much of his life.

Harrison from the army in 1798 to become Secretary of the Northwest Territory. He used his in the east to get elected to Congress. In 1801 he became Governor of the Indiana Territory, serving 12 years. His prime as governor was to take over Native American lands. His in the Battle of the Thames against Native Americans and the British in 1813 made him a national .

Thereafter Harrison to civilian life. The Whigs, in need of a national hero, him for President in 1840. He won by a of less than 150,000, but swept the Electoral College, 234 to 60. He in Washington in February 1841 and gave the longest Inaugural Address in American history. It took him two hours to read.

Harrison died on April 4, 1841 of pneumonia. His 30 days in is the shortest term of any U.S. president. He was the first president to die in and the last to be born under British (i.e. before the Declaration of Independence). Harrison was also the first president to have his photograph . His grandson was the 23rd president them the only grandparent–grandchild pair of presidents.

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