Harrison, William Henry
- K. R. Constantine Gutzman
Harrison, William Henry (09 February 1773–04 April 1841), ninth president of the United States, was born at “Berkeley,” his family’s plantation on the James River in Virginia, the son of Benjamin Harrison, a prominent revolutionary statesman, and Elizabeth Bassett. Harrison’s father was at various times Virginia’s governor, a member of each of the Continental Congresses (where he chaired the committee charged with reporting a declaration of independence), Speaker of the Virginia House of Burgesses, and an Anti-Federalist delegate to the Richmond Convention of 1788, besides being related by blood or marriage to virtually all the leading Virginia families. He was also fabulously wealthy, so his father’s economic, social, and political legacy stood young William Henry—the youngest of seven children—in good stead....