The boy who ran for the presidential vocabulary

William Garrison: shortest presidential term in history

This politician served as president for a record-breaking short time.

William was born in 1773. He joined the army at age 18 and then took part in the Ohio War. In 1798 Garrison resigned and went into politics. Two years later he became the first governor of the Indiana Territory. William Garrison later rose to fame as a national hero when he defeated the Indians at the Battle of Tippecanu.

After that event, Harrison's political career took off. He became a member of the House of Representatives and then Senator from Ohio. In 1836 he ran for president of the United States, but lost to Martin Van Buren.

In 1840, William ran again, and this time he won. Garrison became the ninth President of the United States at the age of 68. On the day of the swearing-in, March 4, 1841, he gave a two-hour speech, the longest in American history.

But even then Harrison had pneumonia and pleurisy. And on March 26, the new president's health deteriorated. On April 4 of the same year, William Harrison was killed.

It remained in official status for 30 days, 12 hours and 30 minutes. He was also the first president to die in office.


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