Friday 30 September 2016

Naked POTUS, number 9: William Henry Harrison

"Even the President of the United States must sometimes have to stand naked" - BOB DYLAN

Willy in the breeze, it is William Henry Harrison (1773-1841), ninth President of the United States. He'll catch his death of cold, dressed like that. Here are some facts:


Born 9th February 1773, Charles City County, Virginia
Died 4th April 1841, Washington D.C.

Presidential Term 4th March 1841 - 4th April 1841

William Harrison holds a number of distinctions as US President. He was the last to have been born as a British subject: Harrison was 3 years old at the time of the Declaration of Independence. Harrison was also the first President of the United States to have died in office and his Presidency is the shortest in US history at just 31 days. Although the possibility remains that Donald Trump could make Harrison's administration look like Franklin Roosevelt's.

Harrison rose to national prominence due to his military service and his role in the Battle of Tippecanoe in 1811, where the US army put down the Indian Confederacy led by Tecumseh. Harrison's early demise led to Tecumseh's Curse: no President elected in a year ending with 0 survived their full four year term again until Ronald Reagan in 1980, although he narrowly escaped death by assassination.

He won the 1840 Presidential election with 80% of the vote. It was also the first Presidential campaign to feature campaign advertisements and slogans.

Harrison caught cold giving a lengthy address at his Inauguration in a freezing cold and rainy Washington D.C. However, this is not considered to be the likely cause of his death, as the pneumonia which eventually took his life did not emerge until three weeks after that event.

At the time of his election, Harrison was the oldest man ever to assume the Presidency. He was the grandfather of Benjamin Harrison, the 23rd President.

N.B. Some parts of the above image have been redacted by the CIA for reasons of national security. An unexpurgated version of all the naked Presidents will be made available at the end of the project.

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