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William Henry Harrison tomb photographs
Description: Two 8" by 10" (20.32 by 25.4 cm) photographs dating from the 1940s depict Harrison's tomb and monument on Mt. Nebo in North Bend, Ohio. The tomb contains the remains of William Henry Harrison, 9th president of the United States. The monument is an obelisk of Bedford limestone, with marble entranceway, which rises 60 feet above the tomb. From the terrace visitors have a spectacular panorama of the Ohio River valley visible in the second image. The memorial is part of the Ohio Historical Society's network of historical, archaeological and natural history sites. A member of a prominent Virginia family, Harrison (1773-1841) served as aide-de-camp to General Anthony Wayne during the Battle of Fallen Timbers in 1794. After moving to the Ohio country, he became secretary of the Northwest Territory and served as the territory's first representative to Congress. In 1801, Harrison became governor of the Indiana Territory and served in that position for 12 years. He achieved his greatest fame during the Battle of Tippecanoe in 1811. During the War of 1812, Harrison commanded the Army of the Northwest and attained the rank of brigadier general. In 1813, he defeated the combined forces of the British and American Indians at the Battle of the Thames, where chief Tecumseh was killed. Harrison resigned his commission in 1814 and returned to Ohio. He entered politics and served in both houses of the U.S. Congress and the state senate. Harrison ran unsuccessfully for president in 1836, and announced his candidacy again in 1840. Historians have described the 1840 election as the first modern political campaign. Harrison broke with tradition and campaigned actively for president on the Whig ticket. The log cabin became the symbol of Harrison's campaign when his Democratic opponents ridiculed him, saying he would be content to spend his days in a log cabin drinking hard cider. Harrison's supporters turned this insult around to portray him as a man of the people. Harrison contacted pneumonia and died after only one month in office. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: Om3202_3806470_001
Subjects: Architecture; Arts and Entertainment; Presidents and Politics; Tombs & sepulchral monuments; Monuments & memorials; Presidents
Places: North Bend (Ohio); Hamilton County (Ohio)