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When one is looking quickly over the lives of the Presidents of the United States, it is easy to overlook William Henry Harrison. After all, he only served as the Chief Executive for 30 days, and he spent the majority of those in bed, fighting for his life and eventually losing. However, to ignore Harrison because he served such a short time in the White House is just as foolish as ignoring Patrick Henry or Alexander Hamilton because they were never elected to the nation's highest office. In fact, like Henry, Hamilton, and many others from the early days of the Republic, Harrison served his country in many ways and was one of the most consequential figures both in politics and the military, which makes it all the more unfortunate that much the same way Hamilton is remembered for the duel with Aaron Burr, Harrison is remembered for being the first president to die in office. The manner of Harrison's death, and the length of his inaugural address, have overshadowed the various facets of his life and career. For instance, few people know of his famous family, how he dropped out of medical school to become a soldier, and how he eloped with a young woman and went on to have 10 children with her. Harrison's early political career also remains relatively unknown; few realize that he spent much of his early adulthood in what was then still wilderness, first as a soldier, then as the territorial governor of the Indiana Territory.
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3 out of 5 stars
By grimm79 on 01-31-18

a history without a conclusion

the author may as well have ended this book with quote and then he died and quote. how about a little quote in conclusion in quote, about what Harrison's Legacy was. seems like he kind of glossed over the campaign, which created so many firsts. narration was hard for me to listen to - robotic, Scott Clem hovers around the bottom of what is vocal cords can handle and so sometimes his syllables cut out all together. sorry for the typos as I'm right it this through speech to text while driving.

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3 out of 5 stars
By BDCAT on 09-12-17

I only paid 4.86 for this audiobook;so overall I thought it was okay

I wish I could find a more extensive treatment of Harrison's life. This one was a pretty basic overview. I realize he was only president doe 30 days, but since I live near Vincennes, IN, from
Which Harrison served as territorial governor, I was hoping to find something more revealing about that time and place.
The narration on this is very odd, but I became used to it. It sounded like those digitized voices the National Weather Service used in the 90s to
Broadcast on the weather radio, except sometimes I could swear I could hear the narrator pause for a drink! Kind of funny really. But, since I didn't pay much for it, I can't complain.

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