William Henry Harrison (The American Presidents Series)

William Henry Harrison (The American Presidents Series)

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

The president who served the shortest term—just a single month—but whose victorious election campaign rewrote the rules for candidates seeking America's highest office

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.

Collins takes us back to that pivotal year, when Harrison's "Log Cabin and Hard Cider" campaign transformed the way candidates pursued the presidency. It was the first campaign that featured mass rallies, personal appearances by the candidate, and catchy campaign slogans like "Tippecanoe and Tyler, Too." Harrison's victory marked the coming-of-age of a new political system, and its impact is still felt in American politics today. It may have been only a one-month administration, but we're still feeling the effects.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780805091182
Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 01/17/2012
Series: American Presidents Series
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 474,874
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.54(h) x 0.74(d)

About the Author

Gail Collins is an op-ed columnist for The New York Times, where she previously served as editorial page editor—the first woman to hold that position. She is the author of When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present; America's Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines; and Scorpion Tongues: Gossip, Celebrity, and American Politics. She lives in New York City with her husband, Dan Collins.

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William Henry Harrison 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
William Henry Harrison, our ninth president, had the distinction of having the shortest term in office. He's become little more a footnote in our history, until now. Gail Collins goes in depth and tells the reader more about Harrison than probably any U.S. History course in any high school or college ever has. His childhood and upbringing, his military career, and his political career culminating in the 1840 election of "Tippecanoe and Tyler Too."
arch_imago More than 1 year ago
A succinct work for a short presidency, this book is nicely written and actually a good piece of history. Given the unenviable task of writing a presidential biography of the shortest presidential tenure (a month), the author succeeds in painting a knowledgeable picture of the man for the reader, and casting this president's bio as relevant and worth reading.
ZachWilliams More than 1 year ago
This slim biography is worth reading. President Harrison accomplished much, despite being remembered for spending the shortest time in office. Another solid entry in the American Presidents Series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Henry Harrison was my great great great great great grandfather i never saw him but they saw he was great he helped so many i the day win i was not born i am a 11 years old now and i know he was great
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