William Henry Harrison, the ninth president of the United States, holds the record of being the president of that country that occupied the White House the least time: 32 days.
Although there are conflicting accounts of the causes of his death, history records that he died of pneumonia, the direct result of a cold contracted during the inauguration.
On a cold winter day, the new president attended the ceremony without a coat, gloves or hat and gave the longest inaugural speech in US history. (Another of his records), followed by receptions that he attended in his clothes still wet from bad weather.
Despite being a soldier, farmer, explorer and accustomed to the elements, Harrison was 68 years old and the medicine of the time did not have the resources to effectively treat the infection.
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Despite his fleeting presidency, William Henry Harrison’s military and political career had an impact on the internal affairs of the United States. that still have an impact on the nation.
He caused international controversy during his term as plenipotentiary minister in Colombia and his then innovative methods of campaigning are still adopted by aspiring presidents today.
Aristocrat and military
Harrison was born in 1773 into a prominent political family and farmer in Virginia. His father was a landowner who occupied the government of that state and signed the Declaration of Independence of the new nation.