It is commonly believed that due to not wearing a heavy coat during his inauguration despite poor weather that William Henry Harrison contracted pneumonia and died nearly a month after he took office. A contemporary analysis of the doctor’s notes and records about the White House water supply lead to the conclusion that Harrison died from septic shock due to enteric fever. Regardless of the cause of death, Harrison died just after midnight on April 4, 1841. Following a brief internment at Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C., Harrison was buried on his estate in North Bend, Ohio. The family chose a spot at the crest of Mount Nebo, which became William…
On the banks of the James River, a group of 38 English settlers arrived at Berkeley Hundred on Dec. 4, 1619. The 8,000-acre site later became known as Berkeley Plantation and eventually the home of the Harrison family. In 1726, Benjamin Harrison IV built a Georgia-style three-story brick mansion overlooking the river. On Feb. 9, 1773, William Henry Harrison, the youngest child of Benjamin V and Elizabeth Bassett Harrison, was born at the house. In the early 1900s, Malcolm and Grace Jamieson bought the house from his father John and restored the home. They ultimately opened the house to the public. In 1971, the home became a National Historic Landmark.