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U.S. Presidential Inaugurations: William Henry Harrison

William Henry Harrison, Presdient of the United States
Wm. H. Harrison, President of the United States / drawn on stone by Chas. Fenderich; from a painting by Mr. Franquinet.
Charles Fenderich, lithographer; February 9, 1841.
Prints and Photographs Division.

Inauguration - March 4, 1841

Facts*

  • Harrison was the first President to arrive in Washington, D.C. by train.
  • The first official Inaugural committee was formed by citizens of D.C. to plan the parade and Inaugural ball.
  • President who has delivered the longest Inaugural address (8,445 words). He died one month later. His death has long been attributed to his prolonged exposure to bad weather at his March 4 Inauguration, but modern historians and public health specialists believe he died due to sewage-contaminated water supply at the White House.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Letter from Senate Chamber to William Henry Harrison, March 2, 1841
Letter from Senate Chamber to William Henry Harrison, March 2, 1841.
March 2, 1841.
The Martin Van Buren Papers, 1787 to 1910.
Manuscript Division.

Letter from Andrew Jackson to Martin Van Buren, March 4, 1841
Letter from Andrew Jackson to Martin Van Buren, March 4, 1841.
March 4, 1841.
The Martin Van Buren Papers, 1787 to 1910.
Manuscript Division.

Presidential inauguration of Wm. H. Harrison in Washington City, D.C., on the 4th of March 1841
Presidential inauguration of Wm. H. Harrison in Washington City, D.C., on the 4th of March 1841.
Charles Fenderich, lithographer; [1841?].
Prints and Photographs Division.

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* This information is based on a compilation by the Office of the Curator, Architect of the Capitol, Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, from contemporary accounts and other sources. Additional research provided by Library of Congress staff.

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