William Harrison

Picture of William Harrison

Date of Birth: 02.09.1773

Age: 68

Place of Birth: County Charles City

Citizenship: United States


Born in Berkeley Planteyshn (Charles City County, Va.) February 9, 1773 in the famous Virginia family. He received education at home, which is continued in the Hampden-Sydney College. In 1790 he moved to Philadelphia to study medicine under Dr. B.Rasha but left practicing medicine and joined the army after his father`s death. He was sent to Fort Washington (now Cincinnati,. OH), where he served under the command of General E.Ueyna and took part in the war with the Indians, which ended in 1794 victory in the famous "Battle of the fallen trees."

Back in Fort Washington, Harrison married, in 1798 with the rank of captain, resigned, settled in North Bend (pcs. Ohio) and soon, apparently, with the help of in-law, was appointed secretary of the Northwest Territories, and through year elected the first delegate to Congress the territory. To draft land law of 1800 provides for the sale of small plots of public land and the provision of a four-year loan buyers of modest means. Harrison also contributed to the adoption of the law on the division of the Northwest Territories in the territory of Ohio and Indiana. In 1800 he was appointed governor of the Indiana Territory and remained in office for 12 years.

Well-known throughout the West as the author of the bill on the land plot for the construction of a log cabin, Harrison initially enjoyed widespread popularity. His main problem in the governor`s office were relations with the Indians. Having the right to development of new territories, he nevertheless had to keep the peace. These goals contradict each other. Tecumseh and his brother started organizing an Indian confederation to stop the advancement of the white. Tecumseh rejected the treaty Harrison in 1809, according to which the Indians gave way to a piece of land along the Wabash River, and persuaded the Indians did not leave this earth. In October 1811, Harrison has conquered village from Tippekanu river, expelling the Indians, but suffered heavy losses. Convinced misrepresented that Indians incite the British, he supported the requirement to declare war G.Kleya UK.

At the beginning of the War of 1812 at the head of the Kentucky militia he marched to the north and tipped Fort Wayne. Soon, he was appointed commander of the North-Western Army, and after several unsuccessful attempts took Detroit September 29, 1813, and a month later at the Battle of the Thames defeated General G.Prokteru and his Indian allies, thus eliminating the threat of a British invasion of the Northwest Territories. Subsequent trips to Canada were unsuccessful, and Harrison resigned.

In 1816 he was elected to the House of Representatives (from Ohio), which supported the political line G.Kleya. He was elected to the Senate and Ohio State in 1819 and in the US Senate in 1824. After retiring from the Senate in 1828, accepted an appointment to the post of ambassador in Colombia. It was withdrawn in 1829 and returned to his farm in North Bend, where he lived until his nomination in 1836 as president and moderate Antimasonic formed the Whig Party. Although Harrison was one of antidzheksonovskih candidates, he suddenly received 73 electoral votes, making it a promising candidate in 1840, and after D.Uebster withdrew his candidacy, the Whig Party chose to G.Kleyu Harrison paired with Dzh.Taylerom of Virginia. During the elections, Harrison and the Whigs have not offered any political platform, paying all their energy to criticism of Van Buren. In a noisy election campaign, often used the slogan "Tippekanu with Tyler," Harrison, called the candidate "log cabin and hard cider" won, receiving 234 electoral votes without difficulty against 60. Following the inauguration, March 4, 1841 he was appointed state D.Uebstera secretary, formed a government and convened a special session of Congress to adopt economic legislation initiated by the Whigs. However, a month later Harrison caught pneumonia and died April 4, 1841.