U.S. President 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, he gained fame for leading Army forces against Native Americans at the Battle of Tippecanoe, which earned him the nickname “Old Tippecanoe.” William Henry Harrison 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.
There are three separate branches of government in the United States; the legislative, executive and the judicial. The president is the head of the executive branch, the elected head of state and the commander-in-chief of the U.S. Armed Forces. The executive branch is responsible for executing and enforcing federal law, appointing heads of all executive agencies and federal commissions. The president is responsible for promoting diplomacy with other nations, issuing executive orders, signing pardons and international treaties. When legislation is passed in Congress, the president has the power to sign or veto bills. The Constitution states that the president must be a natural born citizen of the U.S., at least 35 years old, and have lived in the U.S. for at least 14 years. Elections are held every four years and the president is limited to two, four-year terms.
The William Henry Harrison biographical history mug is part of our Presidential series. 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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