William Henry Harrison (1773-1841) was born in Berkeley, Virginia. He spent several years in the United States Army stationed in the Northwest Territory, leaving it in 1798 to become Secretary of the Northwest Territory and, ultimately, Governor of the Indiana Territory. After gaining fame for the action at Tippecanoe, he was reappointed to the Army as a brigadier general in the War of 1812. Harrison commanded United States forces at the Battle of the Thames (1813), in which Tecumseh was killed. After the war he served in the House of Representatives, the Senate, and finally as Ambassador to Columbia until the election of President Andrew Jackson. In 1836 he was an unsuccessful Whig candidate for President, but re-ran and won in 1840. He served only a month, dying of pneumonia and septicemia.