On this date in History ..... 1841:
Pres. William Henry
Harrison dies of pneumonia 32 days after becoming President. His list
of “memorables” include:
His term of President is the shortest term
served by any president.
· He was the 1st president to die in office.
His inaugural speech of 2 hrs (and that’s the
edited version!) holds the record for the longest inaugural speech in U.S.
history. (Hmmm … the record for the longest speech and the record for the
shortest time in office. Ain’t that a
He was the oldest president to take office at 68
years old (a record that would hold until Ronald Reagan).
He was the last president to be born before the
U.S. Declaration of Independence.
He became the first congressional delegate from the Northwest Territory.
as governor of the Indiana Territory and worked to open American Indian lands
to white settlers.
His grandson, Benjamin Harrison, from Indiana, would
become president, making them the only grandfather/grandson presidents in