ALTHOUGH OF Virginia lineage, and with the blood of Pocahontas in his veins, William Henry Harrison was the first Westerner to occupy the Presidential chair. Springing into prominence originally in his campaigns with Mad Anthony Wayne, against the Indians, during which he led the famous charge at Tippecanoe, Ind., Harrison's occupancy of the White House was the shortest on record, lasting but one month from the date of his inauguration in 1841, pneumonia claiming him as its victim. His inaugural address was the first to be borne to the country by a swifter messenger than the horse. The railroad sped it so fast that Philadelphia papers astonished their readers by publishing it on the very day of its delivery.
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