Presidential term: March 4, 1841 – April 4, 1841
The money troubles during Van Buren’s rule were thought by many people to be his fault; so when the time came for a new election, General William Henry Harrison was chosen President in his stead. He had governed the Northwest Territory, had fought in the War of 1812, and on account of his victory over the Indians was known as“Old Tippecanoe.”
A good and honest man, the chief fault his enemies could find with him was that he had lived in a log cabin instead of a palace, and had drunk hard cider instead of champagne. His friends, however, admired him all the more on this account, and carried little log cabins in all their parades, using “hard cider” as a rallying cry. They also liked the candidate for Vice President, and the rhyme“Tippecanoe and Tyler too,” was soon heard on all sides.
After meetings and parades without end, Harrison was duly elected, and his friends began to crowd around him clamoring for government places. Wishing to please them all, Harrison worked so hard that one month after his inauguration (1841) he died. His last words were:“The principles of the government, I wish them carried out. I ask nothing more.”
Harrison being dead, John Tyler had to take his place. During his one term, Florida, the twenty seventh state, was added to the Union. Although our country was already very large, the time was near when it was going to be even larger still.
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