Inauguration of President William Henry Harrison

Title

Inauguration of President William Henry Harrison

Description

In February 1841 President-elect William Henry Harrison arrived during a snowstorm at the Baltimore and Ohio railway station near the US Capitol. The first president to arrive at an inaugural by train, his inauguration also marked the first time an official committee of citizens planned the events. At 8,445 words, Harrison delivered the longest inaugural address on record, but served the shortest time of any American president. His inaugural took place on the east side of the Capitol building in overcast, windy weather. Three weeks later, he became ill and died after only 32 days in office.

Source

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. View original.

Date

3/4/1841

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Event Type

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18410304

Description

In February 1841 President-elect William Henry Harrison arrived during a snowstorm at the Baltimore and Ohio railway station near the US Capitol. The first president to arrive at an inaugural by train, his inauguration also marked the first time an official committee of citizens planned the events. At 8,445 words, Harrison delivered the longest inaugural address on record, but served the shortest time of any American president. His inaugural took place on the east side of the Capitol building in overcast, windy weather. Three weeks later, he became ill and died after only 32 days in office.

Date

3/4/1841

Coverage

1830-1859

Source

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. View original.