Harrison, William (Administration)

Born in 1773 to a wealthy, aristocratic, pro-slavery family, William Henry Harrison was given many opportunities not afforded other individuals of his time. Harrison attended some elite colleges and boys’ academies; his father, a former member of the Continental Congress, became concerned with some affiliations in those educational institutions that conflicted with proslavery ideals and forced Harrison to enroll in the University of Pennsylvania to study medicine. When his father died in 1791, Harrison needed to make some decisions to overcome the challenge of limited financial resources. His decisions steered his leadership path into becoming a Territorial Governor of the Northwest Territory, a commander in the U.S. Army, and taking various positions in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, as well as being appointed ...

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