William Henry Harrison

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William Henry Harrison, a-k-a That One President Who Died Of A Cold. President for about as long as it will take you to read this summary.

“Wrap up warm, Willy! You know Washington can be cold in March.”

~ Mrs. Harrison

William Henry Harrison (February 9, 1773 – April 4, 1841) was the 9th President of the United States and is best known for having the shortest Uncyclopedia article of all the Presidents. There is not a lot to say, so we haven't.[1]


Harrison's enduring legacy is to serve as a useful counterpoint when an opposition columnist writes that the current President "is having the worst First 100 Days in history." Dying on Day 31 has to be worse.[2]


  1. Indeed, Harrison was sworn in on March 4, 1841 and, 31 days later, died of a cold from a citizen sneezing all over him and then wiping his nose on the President's frock coat. It should have been curable, but then no one knew much about germs and Kleenex. Harrison was told to wrap up warm and not touch strangers, but he ignored advice, the stubborn old Whig. So he would probably have been a terrible President, done nothing except ride a horse around Washington and pester the ladies. So let's move on, shall we?
  2. William Harrison's grandson, Benjamin Harrison became president in 1889. Guess we should mention that.
Preceded by:
President of the United States

March 4, 1841April 4, 1841
Succeeded by:
Wat Tyler