William Henry Harrison
February 9, 1773, Charles City, Virginia Colony
April 4, 1841 (age 68), Washington, D.C.
Tomb State Memorial, North Bend, Ohio
Harrison was the ninth U.S. president and, at 68, was the oldest
to be inaugurated until Ronald Reagan in 1981 was sworn in at
the age of 69. Harrison was the first president to die in office
-- only 31 days after his inauguration.
As an Army
officer and governor of the territory that is now Indiana and
Illinois, he fought Indians and made harsh treaties with them,
clearing the way for more westward settlement by whites. His
military victories against Indians made him a hero to white
Harrison's father, Benjamin Harrison, signed
the Declaration of Independence. William Henry Harrison's
grandson, also named Benjamin Harrison, became the 23rd