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One Month before His Election, Future President William Henry Harrison Transfers Money

WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON, Autograph Document Signed, Order for Payment, October 5, 1840. 1 p., 5.5? x 3.75?. General toning; residue on verso from mounting; good.

Complete Transcript:

Jos [Bousah?] Esqr President of the Board of Directors of the Cincinnati & White Water Canal
Please to pay to Mr J B Perrine fifty six Dollars & fifty cents in
[account?] the award recently made in my favor by Messrs Greene & [McCasiday?]
$56.50                             yours
                                        W H Harrison
                                        Cinti 5h Oct 1840

Historical Background:

Funded by a massive 1836 Internal Improvement Act, the Cincinnati and Whitewater Canal was to extend approximately 70 miles from Cambridge City, Indiana, south to Lawrenceburg on the Ohio River. Construction began in 1836, but financial problems suspended progress in 1839. Construction resumed in 1842 and was complete in 1846. A separate branch, the Cincinnati and Whitewater Canal, began on the estate of William Henry Harrison and was built between 1839 and 1843.

William Henry Harrison (1773-1841) was born in Virginia into a prominent planter family and studied at Hampden-Sydney College and the University of Pennsylvania. He joined the army in 1791 and participated in the Northwest Indian War, including the decisive victory at the Battle of Fallen Timbers in 1794 and the Treaty of Greenville in 1795, which Harrison signed as a witness. He married Anna Tuthill in 1795, and they had ten children. In 1798, Harrison resigned the military and became secretary of the Northwest Territory. He later served in the U.S. House of Representatives from the Northwest Territory (1799-1800) and as governor of the Indiana Territory (1801-1812). In 1811, he defeated Shawnee leader Tecumseh at the Battle of Tippecanoe, for which Harrison was praised as a national hero. During the War of 1812, Harrison commanded the Army of the Northwest and defeated the British and their Indian allies at the Battle of the Thames in 1813. After disagreements with the Secretary of War, Harrison resigned in 1814. He represented Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives (1816-1819) and in the U.S. Senate (1825-1828). After running as a regional Whig candidate for the presidency in 1836, Harrison won the 1840 election over incumbent Martin Van Buren. On March 4, 1841, a cold, wet day, Harrison wore no hat or overcoat, rode on horseback to his inauguration, and delivered the longest inaugural speech of any American president. He became ill three weeks later and died of pneumonia on April 4, having been president for 31 days. He was the last United States president born as a British subject, and the first to die in office.

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