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William Henry Harrison

William Henry Harrison

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William Henry Harrison
William Henry Harrison (February 9, 1773 – April 4, 1841) wastheninth President of the United States, anAmerican military officerandpolitician, and the first president to die in office.
 The oldest president elected untilRonald Reaganin 1980, and lastPresident to be born before theUnited States Declaration of Independence, Harrison died on his thirty-second day in office of complications from acold– the shortest tenure in United Statespresidential history.
Harrison was born into the prominentHarrison political familyon theBerkeley PlantationinCharles City County,Virginia, on February 9, 1773; the youngest of Benjamin Harrison Vand Elizabeth Bassett'sseven children.
He was the last president to be born a British subject beforeAmericanIndependence.
His father was a Virginia planter and a delegate to theContinentalCongress(1774–1777) who signed theDeclaration of Independenceand wasgovernor of Virginiabetween 1781 and 1784.
Harrison's brother,Carter Bassett Harrison, became a representative of Virginia in theUnited States House of Representatives, and Harrison'sfather-in-law wasRepresentative  John Cleves Symmes.
Harrison's stepmother-in-law was the daughter of New JerseyGovernor William Livingston.
In 1787, at the age of 14, Harrison entered thePresbyterian Hampden- Sydney College.
He attended the school until 1790, becoming well-versed in Latin andbasic French.
He was removed by hisEpiscopalianfather, possibly because of areligious revival occurring at the school.
He then briefly attended an academy inSouthampton Countybeforebeing again moved toRichmondwhere he began the study of medicine.
He allegedly became involved with theantislaveryQuakersandMethodistsat the school, angering his pro- slavery father who again moved him toPhiladelphiato boardwithRobert Morris, probably because of medical training availablethere.
He entered theUniversity of Pennsylvaniain 1790 and there hecontinued to study medicine under Dr.Benjamin Rush.
As Harrison explained to his biographer, he did not enjoy the subject.

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