Who assumed the role of President after the death of William Henry Harrison?
April 4, 1841— Vice President John Tyler (pictured) became the 10th President of the United States today, following the death of William Henry Harrison.
Harrison had grown ill from a cold, which turned into pneumonia. He was the first president to die in office.
His term only lasted 30 days, the shortest term of a president to date. On his death bed he addressed his doctor with words meant for Tyler: “Sir, I wish you to understand the true principles of the government. I wish them carried out. I ask nothing more.”
As for Tyler, he served as President of the United States until 1845. Nicknamed “His Accidency,” he was the first vice president to become chief executive due to the death of his predecessor.
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