William Henry Harrison was a military officer, politician and the first president to die in office. At 68 years old, he was the oldest president to take office until Ronald Reagan. Before his election, he served as the first governor of the Indiana Territory and was later elected as a United States representative and senator from Ohio. In 1811, William Henry Harrison gained fame for leading Army forces against Native Americans at the Battle of Tippecanoe, which earned him the nickname “Old Tippecanoe.” He was a general in the War of 1812. After losing a bid for the presidency in 1836, he ran again and won in 1840. A month after taking office, he died after contracting pneumonia.
The United States Senate and House of Representatives comprise the legislative branch of the U.S. government. Each state has two senators regardless of the state’s population. U.S. senators serve staggered terms of six years. Prior to 1913, senators were appointed by their state legislatures. This changed with the 17th Amendment, which mandated senators be elected by popular vote. The Senate has the power to ratify treaties and to confirm cabinet secretaries, federal judges, Supreme Court justices, and other federal executive officials.
William Henry Harrison was a member of the U.S. Senate prior to his election as president. Many of the men who become president and vice president first served in Congress as members of the House of Representatives or in the U.S. Senate. A number of these individuals first served in their state government as governor, state senator or in their state House of Representatives.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia-tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
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