“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Harrison in Hamilton County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

Old Harrison

Old Harrison Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By R. E. Smith, December 27, 2007
1. Old Harrison Marker
Inscription.  Hamilton County's first court met at Hasten Poe's tavern near the present Daisy in 1819, later moving to Rawlings' Farm, near the present Dallas. In 1840, a courthouse was built about 500 yards NW of this point, and the new town named for President William Henry Harrison. The county seat moved to Chattanooga in 1871.
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 2A 36.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Landmarks. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #09 William Henry Harrison, and the Tennessee Historical Commission series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1819.
Location. 35° 8.301′ N, 85° 7.295′ W. Marker is near Harrison, Tennessee, in Hamilton County. Marker is on State Highway 58 near Hunter Road (State Route 2205), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Harrison TN 37341, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Joseph Vann's Town (approx. ¾ mile away); Harrison Academy (approx. 2.2 miles away); Jackson Chapel Cemetery
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(approx. 3.3 miles away); Cast Down Your Buckets (approx. 3½ miles away); The Life of Booker Taliaferro Washington (approx. 3.6 miles away); “Old Dallas” (approx. 3.6 miles away); The Tuskegee Institute (approx. 3.6 miles away); The Civilian Conservation Corps and Booker T. Washington State Park (approx. 3.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harrison.
Old Harrison Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By R. E. Smith, December 27, 2007
2. Old Harrison Marker
Old Harrison Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By R. E. Smith, December 27, 2007
3. Old Harrison Marker
William Henry Harrison image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, February 16, 2015
4. William Henry Harrison
This 1840 portrait of William Henry Harrison by Albert Gallatin Hoit hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.

“As a two-term congressman and former territorial governor, William Henry Harrison could lay no claim to proven abilities in political leadership. But his reputation as a frontier Indian fighter and hero of the War of 1812 amply made up for this, and in 1840 the Whigs eagerly made him their presidential standard-bearer. In the so-called, ‘hard cider’ campaign that followed, Harrison's supporters celebrated his military prowess and: combined it with home­spun frontier imagery that was unprecedented for its carnival-like brouhaha. While discussion of real issues was avoided, that brouhaha proved sufficient in itself to win, Harrison the presidency.

Jubilance over this victory however, proved short­-lived. Soon after delivering the longest inaugural address ever made, Harrison contracted pneumonia and, on April 4, 1841 became the first president to die in office.” — National Portrait Gallery
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on January 4, 2008, by R. E. Smith of Nashville, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 2,107 times since then and 124 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 5, 2008, by R. E. Smith of Nashville, Tennessee.   4. submitted on June 30, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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Sep. 22, 2023