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William Henry Harrison: A Resource Guide

An American military officer and politician, William Henry Harrison served as the ninth President of the United States. This guide compiles digital materials related to Harrison at the Library of Congress, external websites, and a print bibliography.


The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of material associated with William Henry Harrison, including the complete William Henry Harrison Papers from the Manuscript Division. Harrison was the grandfather of Benjamin Harrison, the ninth President of the United States (1841), and the oldest President to be elected at the time. He is known as the president with the longest inauguration speech as well as the first to die in office - serving the shortest tenure in U.S. Presidential history. Before his presidency, he was a soldier, statesman, and Territorial Governor of Indiana from 1800 to the end of the War of 1812. While governor, Harrison established a legal system, settled land disputes, and managed Indian affairs.

This resource guide compiles links to digital materials related to Harrison such as manuscripts, letters, broadsides, government documents, and images that are available throughout the Library of Congress website. In addition, it provides links to external websites focusing on Harrison and a bibliography containing selected works for both general and younger readers.