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The Best Books To Learn About President William Henry Harrison

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William Henry Harrison Quick Facts

President Number9
Terms In Office1/48th
Years1841-1841
Political PartyWhig
Vice PresidentJohn Tyler
Home StateOhio
Slaves Owned11
Presidential Pet Cow (Sukey)
Campaign Slogan“Tippecanoe and Tyler Too”
Articles Used in Ranking 12
Number of Unique Books 15

 

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The Best Books About William Henry Harrison (Tie)
(Appears on 6 Lists Each)



Mr. Jefferson’s Hammer: William Henry Harrison by Robert Owens

Mr. Jefferson's Hammer- William Henry Harrison and the Origins of American Indian Policy by Robert M. Owens
Lists It Appears On:

  • At Times Dull
  • Best Presidential Bios
  • Library of Congress
  • Mashable
  • Presidents USA
  • The Tailored Man

Often remembered as the president who died shortly after taking office, William Henry Harrison remains misunderstood by most Americans. Before becoming the ninth president of the United States in 1841, Harrison was instrumental in shaping the early years of westward expansion. Robert M. Owens now explores that era through the lens of Harrison’s career, providing a new synthesis of his role in the political development of Indiana Territory and in shaping Indian policy in the Old Northwest.

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Old Tippecanoe: William Henry Harrison and His Time by Freeman Cleaves

Old Tippecanoe- William Henry Harrison and His Time by Freeman Cleaves
Lists It Appears On:

  • All The Presidents Books
  • Best Presidential Bios
  • Library of Congress
  • Mandi Lindner
  • Presidents USA
  • The Washington Post

Freeman Cleaves’s great achievement in this book is to describe this life in dramatic prose that captures much of the excitement of a young nation expanding westward in the early 19th century. Primarily a military historian, Cleaves focuses on Harrison’s tenure as territorial governor of Indiana and his service as a general in the War of 1812, a period that served as the foundation for his subsequent political prominence.

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The Presidencies of William Henry Harrison & John Tyler by Norma Lois Peterson

The Presidencies of William Henry Harrison and John Tyler (American Presidency Series) by Norma Lois Peterson
Lists It Appears On:

  • Library of Congress
  • Presidents USA

Wearied by the hotly contested “Log Cabin and Hard Cider” campaign that unseated the Democratic incumbent, Martin Van Buren, Harrison succumbed to pneumonia after only one month in office, the first chief executive to die in the White House. His death precipitated a governmental crisis, which Vice President John Tyler promptly resolved—to the consternation of his Whig Party—by claiming the office and title of president, thus setting a precedent that only later was codified in the Twenty-fifth Amendment to the Constitution.

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William Henry Harrison (The American Presidents Series) by Gail Collins

William Henry Harrison (The American Presidents #9) by Gail Collins, Sean Wilentz
Lists It Appears On:

  • Library of Congress
  • The Washington Post

William Henry Harrison died just thirty-one days after taking the oath of office in 1841. Today he is a curiosity in American history, but as Gail Collins shows in this entertaining and revelatory biography, he and his career are worth a closer look. The son of a signer of the Declaration of Independence, Harrison was a celebrated general whose exploits at the Battle of Tippecanoe and in the War of 1812 propelled him into politics, and in time he became a leader of the new Whig Party, alongside Daniel Webster and Henry Clay. But it was his presidential campaign of 1840 that made an indelible mark on American political history.

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Eulogy on the Private and Public Character, and Public Services of the Late President Harrison by Benjamin Parsons

Eulogy on the Private and Public Character, and Public Services of the Late President Harrison Parsons, Benjamin
Lists It Appears On:

  • Library of Congress

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Goodbye, Old Tippecanoe: William Henry Harrison and His One Month Presidency by Keith W. Norris

Goodbye, Old Tippecanoe- William Henry Harrison and His One Month Presidency by Keith W. Norris
Lists It Appears On:

  • Presidents USA

For 32 days in 1841, William Henry Harrison was the President of the United States of America. His election in 1840 followed one of the rowdiest, most colorful, and most memorable presidential campaigns in history. A month after his inauguration, he was dead. It was the first time in the nation’s history that a sitting president died in office, and the voters who placed their hopes in “Old Tippecanoe” were devastated. This book examines Harrison’ rise from military hero and public servant to the highest office in the land, his often misunderstood illness and death, the nation’s response to his death, and his lasting legacy.

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Sketches of the Civil and Military Services of William Henry Harrison by Charles Stewart Todd

Sketches of the Civil and Military Services of William Henry Harrison. by Charles Stewart Todd
Lists It Appears On:

  • Library of Congress

This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work as possible. Therefore, you will see the original copyright references, library stamps (as most of these works have been housed in our most important libraries around the world), and other notations in the work.This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity (individual or corporate) has a copyright on the body of the work.As a reproduction of a historical artifact, this work may contain missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. Scholars believe, and we concur, that this work is important enough to be preserved, reproduced, and made generally available to the public. We appreciate your support of the preservation process, and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant.

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The Life and Times of William Henry Harrison by Samuel Jones Burr

The Life and Times of William Henry Harrison by Samuel Jones Burr
Lists It Appears On:

  • Presidents USA

Today, William Henry Harrison is best known for holding the presidency for the shortest amount of time and dying about a month after his inauguration speech, but he was one of the most important Americans of his day. Like many presidents in the 19th century, he rose to fame and fortune as a general, first for his decisive actions at the Battle of Tippecanoe and then in the subsequent War of 1812.

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Twelve Against Empire: The Anti-Imperialists, 1898-1900 by Robert L. Beisner

Twelve Against Empire- The Anti Imperialists, 1898-1900 by Robert L. Beisner
Lists It Appears On:

  • Presidents USA

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William H. Harrison by Paul Joseph

Lists It Appears On:

  • Presidents USA

This series discusses the highlights and issues of each president’s time in office. The straightforward narrative provides key facts from early childhood to retirement, while emphasizing international and historical perspectives.

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William Henry Harrison and the Conquest of the Ohio Country: Frontier Fighting in the War of 1812 by David Curtis Skaggs

William Henry Harrison and the Conquest of the Ohio Country- Frontier Fighting in the War of 1812 (Johns Hopkins Books on the War of 1812) by David Curtis Skaggs
Lists It Appears On:

  • Presidents USA

In his study of William Henry Harrison, David Curtis Skaggs sheds light on the role of citizen-soldiers in taming the wilderness of the old Northwest. Perhaps best known for the Whig slogan in 1840―”Tippecanoe and Tyler Too”―Harrison used his efforts to pacify Native Americans and defeat the British in the War of 1812 to promote a political career that eventually elevated him to the presidency.

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William Henry Harrison: A Political Biography by Dorothy Burne Goebel

Lists It Appears On:

  • Library of Congress

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William Henry Harrison: General and President by Mary Jane Child Queen

William Henry Harrison- General and President by Mary Jane Child Queen
Lists It Appears On:

  • Library of Congress

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William Henry Harrison: Ninth President of the United States by Christine Maloney Fitz-Gerald

William Henry Harrison- Ninth President of the United States by Christine Maloney Fitz-Gerald
Lists It Appears On:

  • Presidents USA

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William Henry Harrison: Young Tippecanoe by Howard S. Peckham

William Henry Harrison- Young Tippecanoe by Howard S Peckham
Lists It Appears On:

  • Presidents USA

Originally published in 1951, this biography of the childhood years of America’s ninth president, William Henry Harrison, details the boyhood adventures and character of young Tippecanoe prior to his assumption of the highest office. The story opens with young Harrison’s rousing rescue of sister Sally from drowning when he was just seven, followed soon after by an account of Harrison’s quick thinking as he saved his uncle from bleeding to death following an accident. The famous battle at Tippecanoe is also reviewed, as are many more events and actions that young history buffs will enjoy.

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The Best William Henry Harrison Book Lists Consulted



SourceArticle
All The Presidents BooksOne Through Forty-Two or Forty-Three
At Times DullJanet’s Presidential Biography Project & Blog
Best Presidential BiosThe Best Presidential Biographies
Huffington PostPresidents’ Day History: The Must-Reads Of Presidential Biographies
Library of CongressSelected Bibliography
Mandi Lindner44 Presidents and Their Definitive Biographies
MashableWhy I’m spending a year reading about every U.S. president
Presidential HistoryPresidential Resources
Presidential History (Again)Pulitzer Prize Winning Books About Presidents
Presidents USAFURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON
The Tailored ManThe 44 Best Presidential Biographies
The Washington PostThe Fix’s list of best presidential biographies

 

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