Army Reserve, community honor 9th U.S. president

By Zachary Mott | 88th Readiness Division | Feb. 13, 2020

NORTH BEND, Ohio —

Amidst the blanket of new-fallen snow, community leaders, local civic organizations and members of the U.S. Army Reserve, as well as other members of the local community, gathered to honor the ninth president of the United States during a ceremony at his hillside tomb in North Bend, Ohio, Feb. 7, 2020.

William Henry Harrison was elected president of the United States in 1840. However, after contracting an illness following his inaugural address in March 1841, Harrison died in early April of that same year. His 31 days in office are the shortest tenure of any president, but his legacy remains until this day.

“He is best remembered as a servant leader. In every aspect of his life, every step of his career, he served the people of the United States,” said Brig. Gen. Patricia Wallace, deputy commanding general, 88th Readiness Division, who placed a wreath at Harrison’s tomb on behalf of current President Donald J. Trump. “His time in office may have been short, but it was not less than astonishing.”

Harrison made North Bend, Ohio, his home and was living there when he was called back into duty as the Whig Party’s nominee for president in 1840. He, along with running mate John Tyler, defeated incumbent Martin Van Buren in a landslide Electoral College victory of 234 to 60.

“Some may think we do this to remember one man, but I say we do this to remember why we are the United States. Throughout the years our country has been through many challenges and great victories. But we have continued to remain strong in our willingness to sacrifice,” said Doug Sammons, mayor of North Bend.

Harrison and his wife, Anna Symmes, had 10 children, most notably was Benjamin Harrison, who was the 23rd president of the United States.