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William Henry Harrison: The American Presidents Series: The 9th President, 1841

William Henry Harrison: The American Presidents Series: The 9th President, 1841

(Book #9 in the American Presidents series)


Book Overview: William Henry Harrison: The American Presidents Series: The 9th President, 1841

The president who served the shortest term--just a single month--but whose victorious election campaign rewrote the rules for candidates seeking America's highest office: William Henry Harrison.

William Henry Harrison died just thirty-one days after taking the oath of office in 1841. Today he is a curiosity in American history, but as Gail Collins shows in this entertaining and revelatory biography, he and his career are worth a closer look. The son of a signer of the Declaration of Independence, Harrison was a celebrated general whose exploits at the Battle of Tippecanoe and in the War of 1812 propelled him into politics, and in time he became a leader of the new Whig Party, alongside Daniel Webster and Henry Clay. But it was his presidential campaign of 1840 that made an indelible mark on American political history.

Collins takes us back to that pivotal year, when Harrison's Log Cabin and Hard Cider campaign transformed the way candidates pursued the presidency. It was the first campaign that featured mass rallies, personal appearances by the candidate, and catchy campaign slogans like Tippecanoe and Tyler, Too. Harrison's victory marked the coming-of-age of a new political system, and its impact is still felt in American politics today. It may have been only a one-month administration, but we're still feeling the effects.

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PublisherTimes Books
Publication Date2012-01-17
EditionFirst Edition
Dimensionsin x in x in
Weight lbs
An illustrious figure in American journalism, Gail Collins served as the New York Times editorial page editor, a position that etched her as the first woman to ever achieve such distinction, from 2001 to 2007. A writer applauded for her perceptiveness and witty satiric style, she inherited her love for journalism from her father, whose fiery editorials were a staple of her childhood. With a Master's degree in government from the University of Massachusetts, her adept grasp of politics evidently fuels her prolific career. In addition to her remarkable editorial tenure at the Times, Collins has enriched readers with several groundbreaking authored works. From dissecting the political stature of women to exploring America's perspective on aging, her books bear the hallmarks of her incisive analytical prowess and engaging prose. Her influential voice, manifest in her widely-read weekly column, simmers with her trademark humor and sagacious observations on current affairs. Not just an acclaimed author and journalist, Collins is a mentor and trailblazer for aspiring female journalists. Compassionate and inspiring, with a ceaselessly inquisitive mind, Gail Collins continues to shape and challenge the landscape of American journalism.

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