Monroe Fabian of the National Portrait Gallery believes this daguereotype was taken from a portrait of Harrison painted by Albert Gallatin Hoit in the Spring of 1839. The painting is now in the Natl. Portrait Gallery in Washington, D. C., 4/22/69.
Biography: Ninth president of the United States William Henry Harrison (1773-1841) was born in Virginia to plantation aristocracy and joined the infantry in 1791. Rising rapidly in the ranks, he was known for bloody retaliation against Indians in the Northwest Army during the War of 1812. Running as a Whig presidential candidate in 1840, Harrison won by a narrow margin, but he died shortly after his inauguration of pnemonia.