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President for 30 Days: President William Henry Harrison

Updated on December 18, 2015
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Harrison for Teachers, Students, & All Who Love to Learn

Looking for great YouTube video clips, books, and free worksheets and lapbooks for teaching and/or learning about President William Henry Harrison? Here you will find my favorite picks we used while studying the individual Presidents of the United States. This is part of a series of lessons I posted on individual Presidents. You can find links to all the lessons at President's Day Unit Study .

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William Henry Harrison's presidency is most characterized by the length of his term. He was served as president for 30 days, 12 hours, & 30 minutes, the shortest presidential term in American history.

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Just the Facts on Our 9th President

Presidential Term: 1841

Political Party: Whig

Nickname: "Old Tippecanoe"

Vice President: John Tyler

Birthplace: Virginia

Occupation: Soldier

Yearly Salary as President: $25,000

Height: 5'8"

First Lady: Anna Symmes Harrison

Great Worksheets, Lapbooks, Trivia, & Recipes

We found these to be helpful when creating a notebook, lapbook, and cooking project on President William Henry Harrison.

William Henry Harrison for Teachers offers links to free worksheets, book suggestions, general information and trivia, interactive computer games, and more related to President William Henry Harrison.

Harrison's Favorite Foods provides a description of some of Harrison's favorite dishes and makes a drink recipe suggestion of (non-alcoholic) apple cider.

Presidential Statistics and Points of Interest includes an overview of William Henry Harrison's life and some fun points of interest.

Our Favorite Children's Books on President William Henry Harrison

William Henry Harrison: Ninth President 1841 (Getting to Know the US Presidents)
William Henry Harrison: Ninth President 1841 (Getting to Know the US Presidents)

This is our favorite picture book on Harrison. It gives a nice overview of his life and has fun illustrations that keep the attention of even younger children. My children especially loved the many humorous illustrations!

 
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William Henry Harrison: Young Tippecanoe (Young Patriots series) by Howard S. Peckham - All images are from amazon.com.How To Draw The Life And Times Of William Henry Harrison (Kid's Guide to Drawing the Presidents of the United States of America) by Hilary Barton Billman
William Henry Harrison: Young Tippecanoe (Young Patriots series) by Howard S. Peckham - All images are from amazon.com.
William Henry Harrison: Young Tippecanoe (Young Patriots series) by Howard S. Peckham - All images are from amazon.com.
How To Draw The Life And Times Of William Henry Harrison (Kid's Guide to Drawing the Presidents of the United States of America) by Hilary Barton Billman
How To Draw The Life And Times Of William Henry Harrison (Kid's Guide to Drawing the Presidents of the United States of America) by Hilary Barton Billman

William Henry Harrison: Young Tippecanoe (Young Patriots series) by Howard S. Peckham is a fun 112 page chapter book that focuses on Harrison's childhood and includes stories that show his character. How To Draw The Life And Times Of William Henry Harrison (Kid's Guide to Drawing the Presidents of the United States of America) by Hilary Barton Billman is part of a wonderful series that combines the Presidents of the United States with drawing. My 6 year old could easily follow the drawing directions and my 9 year old created some impressive art while learning more about William Henry Harrison.

Timeline of Major Events During Harrison's Brief Presidency

The Short Timeline of Major Events

1841

Africans who rebelled on the Amistad are freed by the Supreme Court

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Harrison 's opponents tried to use an image of Harrison as a hard-cider drinking old man who lived in a log cabins. Harrison quickly turned the tables, adopting the theme and presenting himself as a "common man" akin to Andrew Jackson. He also emphasized his military service with the theme of "Tippecanoe and Tyler too." His campaigning worked as he had a landslide victory.

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Image credit: http://www.history.com/photos/william-henry-harrison/photo5

During his long 2 hour inaugural address, William Henry Harrison assured the public that he would reestablish the Bank of the United States, place confidence again in paper currency, refrain from his use of veto power, agree to the decisions made by the legislative branch, and discontinue the spoils system made popular by Andrew Jackson.

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William Henry Harrison contracted pneumonia and died in the White House after serving as president for one month. The prevailing medical opinion of the day blamed his refusal to wear a coat or hat during the cold weather as he delivered his long inaugural address. Modern medical opinion has refuted their claims as he did not become ill until 3 weeks after delivering his inaugural address. Harrison's last words are presumed to be directed at John Tyler, "Sir, I wish you to understand the true principles of the government. I wish them carried out. I ask nothing more."

Our Favorite YouTube Video Clip on President William Henry Harrison

Looking for more lessons on Presidents or all of my unit studies and lessons?

  • President's Day Unit Study - I posted links to each of my lessons on individual Presidents here. In each lesson I included fun worksheets, children's books, YouTube clips, timelines, and recipe ideas. On this page I also included our favorite books and YouTube video clips that cover all of the Presidents of the United States.
  • Fun, FREE Hands-On Unit Studies - I have posted my links to over 35 hands-on unit studies (compromised of over 170 lessons) that focus primarily on science and social studies. In each lesson plan I have listed the activities that we did (and included photos), the books we read, YouTube video clips that we watched, and lapbook links that pair with the lesson.

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