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April is the cruelest month…

…maybe– but it’s also National Poetry Month!

As we consult our rhyming dictionaries, we might consider the karma of the 9th President of the U.S., William Henry Harrison, who died on this date in 1841, 32 days after his inauguration, thus becoming the shortest-serving President in U.S. history.  But lest we chalk this up entirely to Fate, we might recall that Harrison also holds the record for “longest inaugural address” ( Harrison’s one-hour-and-forty-five-minute speech was even longer than Clinton’s).  The speech was delivered, as is customary, outdoors, on what was a frigid morning.  By the end of the day, Harrison had developed a cold– that developed steadily into the pneumonia from which he died.

William Henry Harrison

Written by (Roughly) Daily

April 4, 2009 at 1:01 am

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