History Main / WilliamHenryHarrison

8th Jan '14 11:04:10 AM MarkLungo
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->''"William Harrison/How do you praise?\\
That guy was dead in 30 days!"''\\
--'''Yakko''', ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vvy0wRLD5s8 "The Presidents Song.]]"

->''"There's William Henry Harrison/I died in 30 days!"''\\
--"The Mediocre Presidents Song", from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.

Upon getting elected President, '''William Henry Harrison''' (1773-1841) had a brilliant idea for his inauguration. Facing accusations that he was old and frail, as well as unintelligent, he decided to deliver an eloquent two-hour inauguration speech (which had already been edited for length). [[TooDumbToLive Outside. In cold weather. In the rain. Without warm clothes on.]] And then went out dancing. He promptly caught pneumonia, lingered bedridden for a month, and died, [[SelfFulfillingProphecy thereby proving the accusations true]]. And thus, William Henry Harrison, immediately following UsefulNotes/MartinVanBuren, was president from [[AntebellumAmerica March, 1841 to April, 1841]], making way for JohnTyler.

Having never had a chance to really do anything in office, the ninth president, and the first from the Whig Party, is largely a footnote in history. However, this was the first time a President died in office, and the Constitution was a little vague on whether the Vice President became President or merely Acting President if the current President was incapacitated (this was all the more important as it was very clear Harrison wasn't going to resume his duties anytime soon). JohnTyler's insistence on the former set an important precedent for future, [[AndrewJohnson more contentious]] Vice Presidents. Harrison was the first sitting president to have a photograph of him taken while in office, although the original copy has been lost to history. Also the only President to have [[BenjaminHarrison a grandson]] later hold the office. He was also the oldest president elected to office at the time, and would remain so until RonaldReagan took office 140 years later.

He used the memorable campaign slogan "Tippecanoe and Tyler Too", which makes reference to the battle of Tippecanoe, a battle fought against Native heroes Tecumseh and his brother The Prophet (real name Tenskwatawa), when he was governor of the Indiana Territory. Popular legends state that a curse laid by Tecumseh's shaman is what led to his death in office, and to a curse on presidents elected in a year ending with zero, leading to [[UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln four]] [[JamesGarfield presidents]] [[WilliamMcKinley getting]] [[JohnFKennedy assassinated]] and two dying of [[WarrenHarding natural]] [[FranklinRoosevelt causes]]. This "curse" was broken in 1980, albeit in [[RonaldReagan one violent near-miss]]. Despite campaigning using this populist slogan, though, he was (ironically) from a city, unlike his opponent (UsefulNotes/MartinVanBuren) who was actually from the country. Before getting elected president, he was previously a Representative and a Senator, and an ambassador to Colombia.

Every four to eight years, he gets a break from "shortest time in office" until the newly inaugurated President reaches the 31-day mark and Harrison drops back to the bottom of the list. He retains the distinction of being the last President to be born as a British colonial subject rather than an American citizen; further, his father Benjamin was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.

He is considered to be the greatest president in American history among anarchists, as his example of doing nothing and dying shortly after coming into office has yet to be equaled. Questions about the one-month president are somewhat popular in trivia games.

''MoreInformationThanYouRequire'' claims that he was actually poisoned with a 30-day poison, and would only get the antidote by finding his killer. He failed because, as Hodgman puts it, "Harrison was a great Indian-killer, but not much of a sleuth".

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!!Fictional Appearances (no, really):
* In Creator/OrsonScottCard's ''Red Prophet'', an AlternateHistory Fantasy novel, Harrison is still a governor and ends up on the wrong side of a conflict with Tecumseh and the Prophet. He's called "White Murderer Harrison" for most of the book.
* He's the subject of the independent film ''[[http://www.whoistippecanoe.com/main.html The Triumph Of William Henry Harrison]]'', in which he faked his death to run a shadow government of the US.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDukCTcITLY Episode 4]] of ''WebVideo/DrunkHistory'' tells you all you need to know ([[VomitIndiscretionShot in between the porcelain goddess-kissing]]).
* In EricFlint's ''1824: The Arkansas War'', the second book in the alternate history Literature/TrailOfGlory series, Harrison commands the U.S. army trying to conquer Arkansas.
* According to ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', Harrison was [[spoiler:a replacement for the ''real'' ninth President (and founder of Gravity Falls), CloudCuckoolander Quentin Trembley.]]

!!Tropes that apply:
* AluminumChristmasTrees: At least a few probably think that ''The Simpsons'' made up a President who "died in thirty days."
* DeathByIrony: Harrison is the only US President to have studied and practiced medicine, yet ended up being the first of only two Presidents (thus far) to die from infectious diseases.
** It's speculated that he may have been the only President to actually die from diseases, since ZacharyTaylor likely died from his doctors' "treatments" rather than gastroenteritis as was documented. Said treatments included bloodletting and over 40 grams (each) of quinine, opium, and ipecac.
** Further irony, Harrison's rivals argued that he was too old and would likely die during the presidency. He was outraged by those accusations and went on to prove them wrong by dying during the presidency.
* NeverLiveItDown: Sort of inverted -- it's the fact that he didn't live much longer after being elected that got him remembered in the first place.
* RefugeInAudacity: His campaign consisted almost entirely of propaganda about him being born in a log cabin and drinking hard cider, when he had had just as privileged a background as his opponent Van Buren. AndItWorked.
** A popular part of his campaign was a boulder blazoned with slogans and just generally representing him being rolled all over the United States. It was a [[{{Shrek}} nice boulder]].
* SelfFulfillingProphecy: Accused of being too old and frail, he went and proved his accusers right with his inaugural address. Oops.
** Not to mention being "unintelligent". Sticks and stones, pal; sticks and stones...
* ShortLivedBigImpact: In a way. Though he didn't really get to do anything as President, Harrison was the first to die while in office. The federal government has since followed the standard that Tyler's succession put into place.
* SuccessionCrisis: The question of what would happen when a President was unable to fulfill his duties hadn't been settled, including whether or not the Vice President would be the next President or merely Acting President. The writers of the constitution conceivably considered "unable to fulfill his duties" as meaning "too sick to run the country right now" and that the VP would fill in until the president got better. The problem was that the first time the question came up, it was because Harrison was ''dead'', meaning Vice Prez JohnTyler would be "filling in" for the rest of Harrison's term.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: The Whigs nominated him because of his resemblance to UsefulNotes/AndrewJackson. And even though he died, being a frontier Indian fighter and having a RedBaron title and all. They brought things UpToEleven by making the log cabin he was born in (just like Andrew Jackson!) a center part of his campaign. Turns out the log cabin thing was all lies, he was actually born in the manor house of Berkeley Plantation.
* TakeThatCritics: Failed spectacularly.
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->''"William Harrison/How do you praise?\\
That guy was dead in 30 days!"''\\
--'''Yakko''', ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vvy0wRLD5s8 "The Presidents Song.]]"

->''"There's William Henry Harrison/I died in 30 days!"''\\
--"The Mediocre Presidents Song", from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.

Upon getting elected President, '''William Henry Harrison''' (1773-1841) had a brilliant idea for his inauguration. Facing accusations that he was old and frail, as well as unintelligent, he decided to deliver an eloquent two-hour inauguration speech (which had already been edited for length). [[TooDumbToLive Outside. In cold weather. In the rain. Without warm clothes on.]] And then went out dancing. He promptly caught pneumonia, lingered bedridden for a month, and died, [[SelfFulfillingProphecy thereby proving the accusations true]]. And thus, William Henry Harrison, immediately following UsefulNotes/MartinVanBuren, was president from [[AntebellumAmerica March, 1841 to April, 1841]], making way for JohnTyler.

Having never had a chance to really do anything in office, the ninth president, and the first from the Whig Party, is largely a footnote in history. However, this was the first time a President died in office, and the Constitution was a little vague on whether the Vice President became President or merely Acting President if the current President was incapacitated (this was all the more important as it was very clear Harrison wasn't going to resume his duties anytime soon). JohnTyler's insistence on the former set an important precedent for future, [[AndrewJohnson more contentious]] Vice Presidents. Harrison was the first sitting president to have a photograph of him taken while in office, although the original copy has been lost to history. Also the only President to have [[BenjaminHarrison a grandson]] later hold the office. He was also the oldest president elected to office at the time, and would remain so until RonaldReagan took office 140 years later.

He used the memorable campaign slogan "Tippecanoe and Tyler Too", which makes reference to the battle of Tippecanoe, a battle fought against Native heroes Tecumseh and his brother The Prophet (real name Tenskwatawa), when he was governor of the Indiana Territory. Popular legends state that a curse laid by Tecumseh's shaman is what led to his death in office, and to a curse on presidents elected in a year ending with zero, leading to [[UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln four]] [[JamesGarfield presidents]] [[WilliamMcKinley getting]] [[JohnFKennedy assassinated]] and two dying of [[WarrenHarding natural]] [[FranklinRoosevelt causes]]. This "curse" was broken in 1980, albeit in [[RonaldReagan one violent near-miss]]. Despite campaigning using this populist slogan, though, he was (ironically) from a city, unlike his opponent (UsefulNotes/MartinVanBuren) who was actually from the country. Before getting elected president, he was previously a Representative and a Senator, and an ambassador to Colombia.

Every four to eight years, he gets a break from "shortest time in office" until the newly inaugurated President reaches the 31-day mark and Harrison drops back to the bottom of the list. He retains the distinction of being the last President to be born as a British colonial subject rather than an American citizen; further, his father Benjamin was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.

He is considered to be the greatest president in American history among anarchists, as his example of doing nothing and dying shortly after coming into office has yet to be equaled. Questions about the one-month president are somewhat popular in trivia games.

''MoreInformationThanYouRequire'' claims that he was actually poisoned with a 30-day poison, and would only get the antidote by finding his killer. He failed because, as Hodgman puts it, "Harrison was a great Indian-killer, but not much of a sleuth".

----
!!Fictional Appearances (no, really):
* In Creator/OrsonScottCard's ''Red Prophet'', an AlternateHistory Fantasy novel, Harrison is still a governor and ends up on the wrong side of a conflict with Tecumseh and the Prophet. He's called "White Murderer Harrison" for most of the book.
* He's the subject of the independent film ''[[http://www.whoistippecanoe.com/main.html The Triumph Of William Henry Harrison]]'', in which he faked his death to run a shadow government of the US.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDukCTcITLY Episode 4]] of ''WebVideo/DrunkHistory'' tells you all you need to know ([[VomitIndiscretionShot in between the porcelain goddess-kissing]]).
* In EricFlint's ''1824: The Arkansas War'', the second book in the alternate history Literature/TrailOfGlory series, Harrison commands the U.S. army trying to conquer Arkansas.
* According to ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', Harrison was [[spoiler:a replacement for the ''real'' ninth President (and founder of Gravity Falls), CloudCuckoolander Quentin Trembley.]]

!!Tropes that apply:
* AluminumChristmasTrees: At least a few probably think that ''The Simpsons'' made up a President who "died in thirty days."
* DeathByIrony: Harrison is the only US President to have studied and practiced medicine, yet ended up being the first of only two Presidents (thus far) to die from infectious diseases.
** It's speculated that he may have been the only President to actually die from diseases, since ZacharyTaylor likely died from his doctors' "treatments" rather than gastroenteritis as was documented. Said treatments included bloodletting and over 40 grams (each) of quinine, opium, and ipecac.
** Further irony, Harrison's rivals argued that he was too old and would likely die during the presidency. He was outraged by those accusations and went on to prove them wrong by dying during the presidency.
* NeverLiveItDown: Sort of inverted -- it's the fact that he didn't live much longer after being elected that got him remembered in the first place.
* RefugeInAudacity: His campaign consisted almost entirely of propaganda about him being born in a log cabin and drinking hard cider, when he had had just as privileged a background as his opponent Van Buren. AndItWorked.
** A popular part of his campaign was a boulder blazoned with slogans and just generally representing him being rolled all over the United States. It was a [[{{Shrek}} nice boulder]].
* SelfFulfillingProphecy: Accused of being too old and frail, he went and proved his accusers right with his inaugural address. Oops.
** Not to mention being "unintelligent". Sticks and stones, pal; sticks and stones...
* ShortLivedBigImpact: In a way. Though he didn't really get to do anything as President, Harrison was the first to die while in office. The federal government has since followed the standard that Tyler's succession put into place.
* SuccessionCrisis: The question of what would happen when a President was unable to fulfill his duties hadn't been settled, including whether or not the Vice President would be the next President or merely Acting President. The writers of the constitution conceivably considered "unable to fulfill his duties" as meaning "too sick to run the country right now" and that the VP would fill in until the president got better. The problem was that the first time the question came up, it was because Harrison was ''dead'', meaning Vice Prez JohnTyler would be "filling in" for the rest of Harrison's term.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: The Whigs nominated him because of his resemblance to UsefulNotes/AndrewJackson. And even though he died, being a frontier Indian fighter and having a RedBaron title and all. They brought things UpToEleven by making the log cabin he was born in (just like Andrew Jackson!) a center part of his campaign. Turns out the log cabin thing was all lies, he was actually born in the manor house of Berkeley Plantation.
* TakeThatCritics: Failed spectacularly.
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3rd Jan '14 11:48:12 AM MarkLungo
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3rd Jan '14 11:48:02 AM MarkLungo
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3rd Jan '14 11:47:30 AM MarkLungo
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->''William Harrison / How do you praise?\\
That guy was dead in 30 days!''
-->'''Yakko''', ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vvy0wRLD5s8 "The Presidents Song.]]"

->''There's William Henry Harrison / I died in 30 days!''
-->"The Mediocre Presidents Song", from ''TheSimpsons''.

Upon getting elected President, '''William Henry Harrison''' (1773-1841) had a brilliant idea for his inauguration. Facing accusations that he was old and frail, as well as unintelligent, he decided to deliver an eloquent two-hour inauguration speech (which had already been edited for length). [[TooDumbToLive Outside. In cold weather. In the rain. Without warm clothes on.]] And then went out dancing. He promptly caught pneumonia, lingered bedridden for a month, and died, [[SelfFulfillingProphecy thereby proving the accusations true]]. And thus, William Henry Harrison, immediately following MartinVanBuren, was president from [[AntebellumAmerica March, 1841 to April, 1841]], making way for JohnTyler.

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->''William Harrison / How Harrison/How do you praise?\\
That guy was dead in 30 days!''
-->'''Yakko''',
days!''\\
--'''Yakko''',
''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vvy0wRLD5s8 "The Presidents Song.]]"

->''There's William Henry Harrison / I Harrison/I died in 30 days!''
-->"The
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--"The
Mediocre Presidents Song", from ''TheSimpsons''.

''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.

Upon getting elected President, '''William Henry Harrison''' (1773-1841) had a brilliant idea for his inauguration. Facing accusations that he was old and frail, as well as unintelligent, he decided to deliver an eloquent two-hour inauguration speech (which had already been edited for length). [[TooDumbToLive Outside. In cold weather. In the rain. Without warm clothes on.]] And then went out dancing. He promptly caught pneumonia, lingered bedridden for a month, and died, [[SelfFulfillingProphecy thereby proving the accusations true]]. And thus, William Henry Harrison, immediately following MartinVanBuren, UsefulNotes/MartinVanBuren, was president from [[AntebellumAmerica March, 1841 to April, 1841]], making way for JohnTyler.



He used the memorable campaign slogan "Tippecanoe and Tyler Too", which makes reference to the battle of Tippecanoe, a battle fought against Native heroes Tecumseh and his brother The Prophet (real name Tenskwatawa), when he was governor of the Indiana Territory. Popular legends state that a curse laid by Tecumseh's shaman is what led to his death in office, and to a curse on presidents elected in a year ending with zero, leading to [[AbrahamLincoln four]] [[JamesGarfield presidents]] [[WilliamMcKinley getting]] [[JohnFKennedy assassinated]] and two dying of [[WarrenHarding natural]] [[FranklinRoosevelt causes]]. This "curse" was broken in 1980, albeit in [[RonaldReagan one violent near-miss]]. Despite campaigning using this populist slogan, though, he was (ironically) from a city, unlike his opponent (MartinVanBuren) who was actually from the country. Before getting elected president, he was previously a Representative and a Senator, and an ambassador to Colombia.

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He used the memorable campaign slogan "Tippecanoe and Tyler Too", which makes reference to the battle of Tippecanoe, a battle fought against Native heroes Tecumseh and his brother The Prophet (real name Tenskwatawa), when he was governor of the Indiana Territory. Popular legends state that a curse laid by Tecumseh's shaman is what led to his death in office, and to a curse on presidents elected in a year ending with zero, leading to [[AbrahamLincoln [[UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln four]] [[JamesGarfield presidents]] [[WilliamMcKinley getting]] [[JohnFKennedy assassinated]] and two dying of [[WarrenHarding natural]] [[FranklinRoosevelt causes]]. This "curse" was broken in 1980, albeit in [[RonaldReagan one violent near-miss]]. Despite campaigning using this populist slogan, though, he was (ironically) from a city, unlike his opponent (MartinVanBuren) (UsefulNotes/MartinVanBuren) who was actually from the country. Before getting elected president, he was previously a Representative and a Senator, and an ambassador to Colombia.



* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: The Whigs nominated him because of his resemblance to AndrewJackson. And even though he died, being a frontier Indian fighter and having a RedBaron title and all. They brought things UpToEleven by making the log cabin he was born in (just like Andrew Jackson!) a center part of his campaign. Turns out the log cabin thing was all lies, he was actually born in the manor house of Berkeley Plantation.

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* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: The Whigs nominated him because of his resemblance to AndrewJackson.UsefulNotes/AndrewJackson. And even though he died, being a frontier Indian fighter and having a RedBaron title and all. They brought things UpToEleven by making the log cabin he was born in (just like Andrew Jackson!) a center part of his campaign. Turns out the log cabin thing was all lies, he was actually born in the manor house of Berkeley Plantation.



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13th Dec '13 7:39:15 AM gemmabeta2
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He used the memorable campaign slogan "Tippecanoe and Tyler Too", which makes reference to the battle of Tippecanoe, a battle fought against Native heroes Tecumseh and his brother The Prophet, when he was governor of the Indiana Territory. Popular legends state that a curse laid by Tecumseh's shaman is what led to his death in office, and to a curse on presidents elected in a year ending with zero, leading to [[AbrahamLincoln four]] [[JamesGarfield presidents]] [[WilliamMcKinley getting]] [[JohnFKennedy assassinated]] and two dying of [[WarrenHarding natural]] [[FranklinRoosevelt causes]]. This "curse" was broken in 1980, albeit in [[RonaldReagan one violent near-miss]]. Despite campaigning using this populist slogan, though, he was (ironically) from a city, unlike his opponent (MartinVanBuren) who was actually from the country. Before getting elected president, he was previously a Representative and a Senator, and an ambassador to Colombia.

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He used the memorable campaign slogan "Tippecanoe and Tyler Too", which makes reference to the battle of Tippecanoe, a battle fought against Native heroes Tecumseh and his brother The Prophet, Prophet (real name Tenskwatawa), when he was governor of the Indiana Territory. Popular legends state that a curse laid by Tecumseh's shaman is what led to his death in office, and to a curse on presidents elected in a year ending with zero, leading to [[AbrahamLincoln four]] [[JamesGarfield presidents]] [[WilliamMcKinley getting]] [[JohnFKennedy assassinated]] and two dying of [[WarrenHarding natural]] [[FranklinRoosevelt causes]]. This "curse" was broken in 1980, albeit in [[RonaldReagan one violent near-miss]]. Despite campaigning using this populist slogan, though, he was (ironically) from a city, unlike his opponent (MartinVanBuren) who was actually from the country. Before getting elected president, he was previously a Representative and a Senator, and an ambassador to Colombia.
23rd Nov '13 3:38:21 PM MysteriousF
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Upon getting elected President, William Henry Harrison (1773-1841) had a brilliant idea for his inauguration. Facing accusations that he was old and frail, as well as unintelligent, he decided to deliver an eloquent two-hour inauguration speech (which had already been edited for length). [[TooDumbToLive Outside. In cold weather. In the rain. Without warm clothes on.]] And then went out dancing. He promptly caught pneumonia, lingered bedridden for a month, and died, [[SelfFulfillingProphecy thereby proving the accusations true]]. And thus, William Henry Harrison, immediately following MartinVanBuren, was president from [[AntebellumAmerica March, 1841 to April, 1841]], making way for JohnTyler.

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Upon getting elected President, William '''William Henry Harrison Harrison''' (1773-1841) had a brilliant idea for his inauguration. Facing accusations that he was old and frail, as well as unintelligent, he decided to deliver an eloquent two-hour inauguration speech (which had already been edited for length). [[TooDumbToLive Outside. In cold weather. In the rain. Without warm clothes on.]] And then went out dancing. He promptly caught pneumonia, lingered bedridden for a month, and died, [[SelfFulfillingProphecy thereby proving the accusations true]]. And thus, William Henry Harrison, immediately following MartinVanBuren, was president from [[AntebellumAmerica March, 1841 to April, 1841]], making way for JohnTyler.
29th Oct '13 8:35:55 AM Joyce13
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->''William Harrison / How do you praise?\\
That guy was dead in 30 days!''
-->'''Yakko''', ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vvy0wRLD5s8 "The Presidents Song.]]"

->''There's William Henry Harrison / I died in 30 days!''
-->"The Mediocre Presidents Song", from ''TheSimpsons''.
7th Oct '13 1:58:19 AM MrInitialMan
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* SuccessionCrisis: The question of what would happen when a President was unable to fulfill his duties hadn't been settled, including whether or not the Vice President would be the next President or merely Acting President. The question had to be settled in the most urgent manner possible, since Harrison was ''dead''.

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* SuccessionCrisis: The question of what would happen when a President was unable to fulfill his duties hadn't been settled, including whether or not the Vice President would be the next President or merely Acting President. The writers of the constitution conceivably considered "unable to fulfill his duties" as meaning "too sick to run the country right now" and that the VP would fill in until the president got better. The problem was that the first time the question had to be settled in the most urgent manner possible, since came up, it was because Harrison was ''dead''.''dead'', meaning Vice Prez JohnTyler would be "filling in" for the rest of Harrison's term.
6th Oct '13 9:02:11 AM Nohbody
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->''William Harrison / How do you praise?\\
That guy was dead in 30 days!''
-->'''Yakko''', ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vvy0wRLD5s8 "The Presidents Song.]]"

->''There's William Henry Harrison / I died in 30 days!''
-->"The Mediocre Presidents Song", from ''TheSimpsons''.

->''William Henry Harrison died early...''
-->'''JonathanCoulton''', "The Presidents".

->''Jackson, Van Buren, then there's Harrison.\\
Died in a month. Couldn't get much done.''
-->'''{{Nickelodeon}}''', "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qqNhpT2qOc Election Connection - Presidents]]".

(Are you noticing a trend?)

Upon getting elected President, William Henry Harrison (1773-1841) had a brilliant idea for his inauguration. Facing accusations that he was old and frail, as well as unintelligent, he decided to deliver an eloquent two-hour inauguration speech (which had already been edited for length). [[TooDumbToLive Outside. In cold weather. In the rain. Without warm clothes on.]] And then went out dancing. [[WhatAnIdiot He promptly caught pneumonia]], lingered bedridden for a month, and died, [[SelfFulfillingProphecy thereby proving the accusations true]]. And thus, William Henry Harrison, immediately following MartinVanBuren, was president from [[AntebellumAmerica March, 1841 to April, 1841]], making way for JohnTyler.

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->''William Harrison / How do you praise?\\
That guy was dead in 30 days!''
-->'''Yakko''', ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vvy0wRLD5s8 "The Presidents Song.]]"

->''There's William Henry Harrison / I died in 30 days!''
-->"The Mediocre Presidents Song", from ''TheSimpsons''.

->''William Henry Harrison died early...''
-->'''JonathanCoulton''', "The Presidents".

->''Jackson, Van Buren, then there's Harrison.\\
Died in a month. Couldn't get much done.''
-->'''{{Nickelodeon}}''', "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qqNhpT2qOc Election Connection - Presidents]]".

(Are you noticing a trend?)

Upon getting elected President, William Henry Harrison (1773-1841) had a brilliant idea for his inauguration. Facing accusations that he was old and frail, as well as unintelligent, he decided to deliver an eloquent two-hour inauguration speech (which had already been edited for length). [[TooDumbToLive Outside. In cold weather. In the rain. Without warm clothes on.]] And then went out dancing. [[WhatAnIdiot He promptly caught pneumonia]], pneumonia, lingered bedridden for a month, and died, [[SelfFulfillingProphecy thereby proving the accusations true]]. And thus, William Henry Harrison, immediately following MartinVanBuren, was president from [[AntebellumAmerica March, 1841 to April, 1841]], making way for JohnTyler.
4th Oct '13 5:08:53 AM Nohbody
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[[caption-width-right:225:[[SarcasmMode Clearly, a fine picture of human health.]]]]



Upon getting elected President, William Henry Harrison (1773-1841) had a brilliant idea for his inauguration. Facing accusations that he was old and frail, as well as unintelligent, he decided to deliver an eloquent two-hour inauguration speech (which had already been edited for length). [[TooDumbToLive Outside. In cold weather. In the rain. Without warm clothes on.]] And then went out dancing. [[WhatAnIdiot He promptly caught pneumonia]], lingered bedridden for a month, and died, [[SelfFulfillingProphecy thereby proving the accusations true]]. Way to go. [[note]]Actually, he caught the cold whose complications would kill him over three weeks after he gave the infamous speech, [[RuleOfFunny but it's funnier to tell it the other way]].[[/note]] And thus, William Henry Harrison, immediately following MartinVanBuren, was president from [[AntebellumAmerica March, 1841 to April, 1841]], making way for JohnTyler.

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Upon getting elected President, William Henry Harrison (1773-1841) had a brilliant idea for his inauguration. Facing accusations that he was old and frail, as well as unintelligent, he decided to deliver an eloquent two-hour inauguration speech (which had already been edited for length). [[TooDumbToLive Outside. In cold weather. In the rain. Without warm clothes on.]] And then went out dancing. [[WhatAnIdiot He promptly caught pneumonia]], lingered bedridden for a month, and died, [[SelfFulfillingProphecy thereby proving the accusations true]]. Way to go. [[note]]Actually, he caught the cold whose complications would kill him over three weeks after he gave the infamous speech, [[RuleOfFunny but it's funnier to tell it the other way]].[[/note]] And thus, William Henry Harrison, immediately following MartinVanBuren, was president from [[AntebellumAmerica March, 1841 to April, 1841]], making way for JohnTyler.



He used the memorable campaign slogan "Tippecanoe and Tyler Too", which makes reference to the battle of Tippecanoe, a battle fought against Native heroes Tecumseh and his brother The Prophet, when he was governor of the Indiana Territory. Popular legends state that a curse laid by Tecumseh's shaman is what led to his death in office, and to a curse on presidents elected in a year ending with zero, leading to [[AbrahamLincoln four]] [[JamesGarfield presidents]] [[WilliamMcKinley getting]] [[JohnFKennedy assassinated]] and two dying of [[WarrenHarding natural]] [[FranklinRoosevelt causes]]. This "curse" was broken in 1980, albeit in [[RonaldReagan one violent near-miss]]. Despite campaigning using this populist slogan, though, he was (ironically) from a city, unlike his opponent (MartinVanBuren) who was actually from the country. [[SarcasmMode This definitely wouldn't happen again, especially not]] [[GeorgeWBush 160 years later.]] Before getting elected president, he was previously a Representative and a Senator, and an ambassador to Colombia.

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He used the memorable campaign slogan "Tippecanoe and Tyler Too", which makes reference to the battle of Tippecanoe, a battle fought against Native heroes Tecumseh and his brother The Prophet, when he was governor of the Indiana Territory. Popular legends state that a curse laid by Tecumseh's shaman is what led to his death in office, and to a curse on presidents elected in a year ending with zero, leading to [[AbrahamLincoln four]] [[JamesGarfield presidents]] [[WilliamMcKinley getting]] [[JohnFKennedy assassinated]] and two dying of [[WarrenHarding natural]] [[FranklinRoosevelt causes]]. This "curse" was broken in 1980, albeit in [[RonaldReagan one violent near-miss]]. Despite campaigning using this populist slogan, though, he was (ironically) from a city, unlike his opponent (MartinVanBuren) who was actually from the country. [[SarcasmMode This definitely wouldn't happen again, especially not]] [[GeorgeWBush 160 years later.]] Before getting elected president, he was previously a Representative and a Senator, and an ambassador to Colombia.
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