William Henry Harrison

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William Henry Harrison

William Henry Harrison (February 9, 1773April 4, 1841) was the ninth President of the United States. Harrison first gained national fame as a war hero, defeating American Indians at the Battle of Tippecanoe in 1811 and earning the nickname "Tippecanoe" (or "Old Tippecanoe"). Harrison died exactly one month into his term, making his presidency briefer than any before or since. He was also the first U.S. president to die in office.


  • The strongest of all governments is that which is most free.
    • Letter to Simón Bolívar (27 September 1829). Quoted in James Hall, A Memoir of the Public Services of William Henry Harrison, of Ohio (Philadelphia, PA: Key & Biddle, 1836).
  • The only legitimate right to govern is an express grant of power from the governed.
    • Inaugural address (March 4, 1841).
  • Sir, I wish you to understand the true principles of the government. I wish them carried out. I ask nothing more.
    • Final words. Quoted in Jebediah Whitman, "A Memorial to Our Dear Departed President (New Ark, DE: Printed by the Author, 1841).