William Henry Harrison, born in Charles County, Virginia, was an American political and military leader and the ninth President of the United States. Harrison served in the army, as governor of the Indiana Territory, in the Ohio congress, and as ambassador to Columbia. He died of pneumonia shortly after becoming President in 1841.
This fragment is a signed provision from William Henry Harrison shortly after the victorious Battle of Fallen Timbers (near what today is Toledo, Ohio) during the Northwest Indian War, August 20, 1794. The reverse of the letter mentions “Indian Prisoner.” While it is unclear which individual this refers to, he was probably captured at or shortly after Fallen Timbers.
This paper fragment was signed by William Henry Harrison from Head Quarters in Greenville, authorizing 15 pounds of mutton to be issued to Blue Jacket and the Shawnees. Representatives from twelve tribes met at Greenville, in present-day Darke County, to negotiate the Treaty of Greenville with General Anthony Wayne, which established the Greenville Treaty Line and relegated the tribes to lands in the northwest part of the state.
This is a photographic reproduction of an engraved portrait of William Henry Harrison. Harrison served as a general in the War of 1812 against the British. The United States was angered by British attempts to impress American sailors into the British Navy and declared war on Great Britain in June 1812.
This print depicts William Henry Harrison standing before a log cabin with the caption "General Harrison, the true friend of the people." Harrison was the Whig candidate for President in 1840 with his running mate John Tyler. Their campaign slogan "Old Tippecanoe and Tyler, Too" referred to Harrison's victory over Shawnee chief, Tecumseh, at Tippecanoe Creek in 1811.
Colored print titled "Old Tippecanoe has come out in the West, In all the wide borders his steed is the best!" It is meant to depict William Henry Harrison's log cabin, which became the campaign's iconic symbol.. A barrel of hard cider is by the cabin, a flag reading "Harrison & Tyler" is flying above, and Harrison is in front greeting a wounded soldier.
This broadside from February 29, 1840, titled "Proposals for the Log Cabin" promotes the candidacy of William Henry Harrison bearing signatures of Harrison supporters. Some supporters portrayed him as a common man. It was not the first or last time that exaggerated and inaccurate claims have been made about a candidate by his friends.
This broadside reveals the views of General William Henry Harrison on immigrants, and their rights as Americans, by summarizing a speech given by Harrison on October 1, 1840. Harrison's speech confronted accusations that he was against granting asylum to immigrants who wanted to escape "the oppression of foreign despots."
This white silk campaign ribbon was created for the presidential election of 1840 depicting candidate William Henry Harrison and a log cabin. Historians have described the 1840 campaign as the first modern political campaign because Harrison broke with tradition and campaigned actively for president.
This is the main house at Grouseland, the home built by William Henry Harrison in 1804 at Vincennes, Indiana, the territory's capital, in 1801. It is now known as the William Henry Harrison Mansion and Museum. Grouseland has been restored and is a National Historic Landmark run by the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Eventually Harrison's grandson, Benjamin, would put the family back in the White House. This broadside was printed by the Republican party during the presidential campaign of Benjamin Harrison and Levi P. Morton. The lower corners feature illustrations and quotes of Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant. Benjamin would ultimately go on to become the 23rd President of the United States.
Today, you can visit the William Henry Harrison Tomb, where President Harrison was laid to rest in 1841. Harrison had expressed a desire to be buried on Mt. Nebo in North Bend, Ohio, within site of the corners of three states—Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. Because of this choice, the tomb features a sweeping view of the Ohio River Valley.
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