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From Ensign To Captain

William Henry Harrison Memorial Trail

 
 
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By TeamOHE, July 3, 2019
1. From Ensign To Captain Marker
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"If he continues as a military man,” Major John Mills said of William Henry Harrison, "he will be a second Washington."

Though Harrison began his military career as a Low-ranked officer, his standing quickly rose. It helped that the young officer refused to participate in the gambling, drunkenness,, and duels that ran rampant in his new post at Fort Washington.

Harrison impressed his superiors and was appointed an aide-de-camp to Major General "Mad” Anthony Wayne. He won citations for valor at the Battle of Fallen Timbers and was an important figure during Indian negotiations that opened the Ohio Valley to white settlement.

Everything would change when Harrison met Anna Symmes in 1795. The two were soon married. Despite being promoted to captain and given command of Fort Washington, Harrison resigned the military in 1798.

A Love Story
When William Henry Harrison met Anna Symmes, the wealthy and educated daughter of John Cleves Symmes, he was a young lieutenant. It was 1794. Within months a smitten Harrison asked Symmes for his daughter's hand.

John Cleves Symmes

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was unimpressed, believing the suitor had little to offer. "He can neither bleed, plead, nor preach,” Symmes once said of Harrison, "and if he could plow I should be satisfied.” Marriage was forbidden.

Young love, however, would not be denied As Symmes was traveling out of state on business the two secretly married.
 
Erected by The Ohio History Connection.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and CastlesGovernment & Politics. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #09 William Henry Harrison, and the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1795.
 
Location. 39° 9.079′ N, 84° 45.145′ W. Marker is in North Bend, Ohio, in Hamilton County. Marker is on Cliff Road, 0.1 miles north of Brower Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 35 Cliff Road, North Bend OH 45052, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tippecanoe And Tyler Too! (here, next to this marker); The River And The Land (here, next to this marker); Harrison Tomb And Congress Green Cemetery (here, next to this marker); President Harrison (here, next to this marker); The Frontier Politician

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(here, next to this marker); Child Of The Revolution (here, next to this marker); Harrison's Resume (here, next to this marker); Life At North Bend (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in North Bend.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 23, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 22, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 47 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 22, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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