After he resigned from the army in 1797, he began campaigning. He evntually became a congressman, representing the Northwest Territory. He served from 1799 to 1800.
Harrison resigned from congress in 1800 after he was nominated and then accepted as governor of the Indiana Territory. He kept the position until 1812 when he joined the war.
Harrison was a general in the War of 1812, and gained national fame at the Battle of Tippecanoe where he defeated the Tecumseh and the American indians, and was nicknamed "Old Tippecanoe."
After the WarEdit
After the War of 1812 ended in 1814, he was appointed to negotiate treaties in the Northwest, as well as many other things.
In 1829, he settled on his farm in Ohio. He lived there in retirement after almost 40 years of government service.
1836 Presidential CampaignEdit
In 1836, Harrison was the Whig candidate, but lost to Martin Van Buren.
1840 Presidential CampaignEdit
In 1840, again the Whig candidate, and again facing Van Bured, Harrison was elected the 9th President of the United States.
Harrison was 68 years old when he was inaugurated in 1841. That made him the oldest man to be president until 1981, when Ronal Reagan was inaugurated as the 40th President of the United States. He gave a two-hour speech in the cold and he died a month later of pneumonia.