April 4th 1841: President William Henry Harrison diesOn this…

April 4th 1841: President William Henry Harrison dies

On
this day in 1841, the 9th President of the United States, William Henry
Harrison, died in office. Harrison’s time in office was the shortest of
any US President, serving only 32 days. He died of complications from
pneumonia which he supposedly caught at his inauguration, held in the
middle of winter, as he did not want to look old and so refused to wear a
coat. Harrison was the oldest President to take office, aged 68, until
Ronald Reagan in 1981. He was succeeded upon his death by his
Vice-President John Tyler.