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Elected the 9th President of the United States in 1840, William Henry Harrison died from pneumonia one month after assuming office. Harrison had served as the Indiana Territory's first governor, defended the frontier from Native American insurgents, and commanded the Army of the Northwest from 1812 to 1814. The Harrison Collection spans 70  years and contains correspondence (personal, governmental and military), legal papers and engraved portraits. Although Harrison's secretary penned some correspondence, most were handwritten and signed by Harrison. The bulk of the collection focuses on Harrison's years as the governor of the Indiana Territory and his participation in the War of 1812; other documents cover his candidacy for president and death. This digital collection was made possible by a 2011 grant from the Indiana State Historic Records Advisory Board.

 
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