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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2016 Charles River Editors (P)2017 Charles River Editors
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5 out of 5 stars
By Kaye Spitzli on 05-05-18

Great informative Indian battles and history but

Too bad this book didn’t have a better narrator as the historical story was excellent. This short book was narrated so rapidly it was impossible to follow all of the details. I found myself continually going back over a chapter because I missed certain details that I found later to be important. In the end I listened to it a second time before I moved on to my next president

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3 out of 5 stars
By jason leclerc on 04-25-18

read little to fast

had to slow speed if reading down to follow along and FOUND it kinda dry in story telling

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