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William Henry Harrison Tomb

Tomb of the Ninth President of the United States
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    Tomb gate is open March 2–December 14, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily
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See the monument and tomb of William Henry Harrison, ninth president of the United States, and learn about his life and accomplishments. Above the tomb, take in a spectacular panorama of the Ohio River valley. Average visit time: Allow 1+ hours

History

Harrison, who became a national hero during his own lifetime, was born in Virginia, but as an adult he settled in North Bend, Ohio, on land overlooking the wide, northward sweep of the Ohio River. Here his grandson, Benjamin, the twenty-third President of the United States, was born.

Harrison was laid to rest in the tomb in 1841.Harrison had expressed a desire to be buried on Mt. Nebo in North Bend, Ohio, with its wide view of the Ohio River and of the corners of three states – Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. Nearby is Congress Green Cemetery, the family burial grounds of his in-laws, the Symmes.

His body was brought back in a river procession of black-draped barges. He was buried on July 7, 1841, in a simple family tomb on the summit of Mt. Nebo. In 1871 the Harrison family sold its estate, with the exception of the six acres comprising Congress Green Cemetery. That same year, the president’s son, John Scott Harrison, offered the site and the tomb to the state of Ohio, on condition that it be preserved.

The tomb itself contains twenty-four vaults, containing the bodies of William Henry Harrison; his wife, Betty, who died in 1864; their son, John Scott, father of President Benjamin Harrison; and other members of the family. Several sealed vaults are unmarked.

The William Henry Harrison Tomb Historic Site is managed locally by the Harrison – Symmes Memorial Foundation.

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