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William Henry Harrison

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Definition: Ninth president of the United States. Early in his career, he became famous for his military successes, including fighting with General "Mad" Anthony Wayne at the Battle of Fallen Timbers and defeating the Shawnee at the Battle of Tippecanoe (while territorial governor of Indiana). He also fought in the War of 1812, taking part in the American victory at the Battle of the Thames River. He served in the Ohio Senate and the U.S. Senate, then joined the new Whig Party and got elected president in 1840. On the day he was inaugurated, Harrison gave one of the longest inaugural addresses in history. He did this in the rain, got pneumonia, and died a month later. His term as president: 30 days. His vice-president, John Tyler, succeeded him.

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