William Henry Harrison: Biography
William Henry Harrison became the ninth president of the United States. He became President in 1841, he was the first president to die in office.
William Henry Harrison was born in Charles City County, Va. on February 9, 1773. He became the ninth president of the United States in 1841. His vice president was John Tyler. Harrison died in office after only one month in office. He was the first president to die in office.
In Washington, on April 4, 1841, President William Henry Harrison died of pneumonia. A messenger was sent to the home of vice president John Tyler to inform him of the news.
A month before, the president gave the longest inaugural address in history, lasting nearly two hours. He delivered the speech while standing outdoors in a cold wind, wearing neither a hat nor an overcoat. Later, the president went out walking and got caught in a rainstorm. He came back to the White House drenched. The cold he caught that day, later developed into pneumonia.
Doctors applied heated suction cups to the president's skin, hoping to draw out the disease. When this and other treatments failed, the doctors turned in desperation to traditional Indian cures, including one therapy involving snakes.