44 Days of Presidents: William Henry Harrison
Posted On: 10/03/2016 - 12:29pm, Posted By: David Conzett, Curator of History Objects & Fine Art
In our series, 44 Days of Presidents, we present artifacts, documents, and connections to our local and national history from our collections that represent each of the 44 Presidents of the United States as we gear up for the 2016 Presidential election.
William Henry Harrison
General William Henry Harrison gained fame for his defeat of Tecumseh, leader of the Shawnee and Native American Confederacy, at the Battle of Tippecanoe in 1811 and his victory at the Battle of the Thames in 1813. After the War of 1812, Harrison returned to his home near North Bend, Ohio and was later elected to the U.S. Senate. In 1840, Harrison and his running mate John Tyler defeated Democrat Martin Van Buren to become the ninth President of the United States. However, Harrison’s tenure was brief. One month after his inauguration, he died of pneumonia on April 4, 1841. He was he first U.S. President to die in office.
William Henry Harrison 1840 Presidential Campaign Handkerchief: The cotton handkerchief is printed with illustrations of log cabins, whiskey barrels and cannons.
William Henry Harrison 1840 Presidential Campaign Sash: The blue silk sash is printed with an illustration of Harrison, a log cabin and inscribed, “William Henry Harrison, Hero of Tippecanoe, Fort Meigs and Thames.”
General William Henry Harrison 1840 Presidential Campaign Token: The brass token is embossed on the front with an image of Harrison and stamped, “MAJ GENERAL W. H. HARRISON - BORN FEB. 9. 1773.” The reverse reverse of the token is embossed with a log cabin and stamped, “THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE IN THE YEAR 1840.”
William Henry Harrison 1840 Presidential Campaign Ribbon: The white silk campaign ribbon is illustrated with a log cabin, a U. S. flag and inscribed, “HARRISON AND REFORM – JULY 4, 1840.”