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William Henry Harrison's Death

William Henry Harrison

The life and death of William Henry Harrison:

He was the first President to die in office and had the shortest stay in the White House – just one month, ranging from March 4, 1941 to April 4 of that same year.

William henry Harrison was also the oldest man sworn in as President, fresh from his 1840 election victory. He'd made his mark for leading American forces against Native Americans in the 1811 Battle of Tippecanoe.

He fell ill after Inauguration Day, when he chose to be sworn in on a cold, wet day without a coat and hat.

William Henry Harrison Inauguration Day

He contracted pneumonia and was dead a few weeks later.

William Henry Harrison death bed

Ironically, he started a deadly chain in which the winners of the 1840, 1860, 1880, 1900, 1920, 1940 and 1960 President elections all died in office.

They included Harrison (1840) …

William Henry Harrison

Abraham Lincoln (1860) …

Abraham Lincoln

James Garfield (1880) …

James Garfield

William McKinley (1900) …

William McKinley

…Warren G Harding (1920) …

Warren G Harding

Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1940) …

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

… and John F. Kennedy (1960) …

John F. Kennedy

Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley and Kennedy were murdered. Harrison, Harding, and Roosevelt died of illnesses. The string was broken when the 1980 winner, Ronald Reagan, survived an assassination attempt.

Ronald Reagan assasination attempt

There is another interesting hook to this story. While John Adams and George H.W Bush had sons who followed their path to the White House, William Henry Harrison was the grandfather of another President, Benjamin Harrison.

Benjamin Harrison

…who served a full term from 1889 to 1893

William Henry Harrison is buried in North Bend. Ohio.

William Henry Harrison grave