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Artist:
Henry R. Robinson, active c. 1833 - 1851  Search this
Sitter:
John Jordan Crittenden, 10 Sep 1787 - 26 Jul 1863  Search this
Pike Harrison, active c. 1841  Search this
John Bell, 18 Feb 1796 - 10 Sep 1869  Search this
Henry Harrison, active c. 1841  Search this
N. W. Worthington, active c. 1841  Search this
Francis Granger, 1 Dec 1792 - 31 Aug 1868  Search this
Thomas Ewing, 28 Dec 1789 - 26 Oct 1871  Search this
Daniel Webster, 18 Jan 1782 - 24 Oct 1852  Search this
Jane Irwin Harrison, 1804 - 1847  Search this
William Henry Harrison, 9 Feb 1773 - 4 Apr 1841  Search this
Nathaniel Pitcher Tallmadge, 8 Feb 1795 - 2 Nov 1864  Search this
Anna Tuthill Harrison Taylor, 1813 - ?  Search this
Medium:
Hand-colored lithograph
Dimensions:
Image: 22.9 x 33.5cm (9 x 13 3/16")
Mat: 40.6 x 55.9cm (16 x 22")
Type:
Print
Date:
1841
Exhibition Label:
Born Berkeley, James City County, Virginia
This deathbed scene, a format popular in the mid-nineteenth century, marks the passing of President William Henry Harrison, who caught pneumonia while giving a long inaugural address in bad weather. The words written on the paper—"Sir I wish you to understand the true principles of government. I wish them carried out. I ask nothing more"—were reputedly Harrison’s final instructions to Vice President John Tyler. In office only a month, the Whig Party’s Harrison had alienated the most powerful Whig in the Senate, Henry Clay, by selecting Clay’s rival, Daniel Webster, to be secretary of state. Harrison had quickly called Congress into session to consider a number of Whig proposals, but Clay, determined to dominate from the Senate, never acted on them. On assuming the presidency, Tyler, a Democrat from Virginia chosen as Harrison’s running mate to win southern support, opposed Harrison’s program. (Interestingly, neither Clay nor Tyler are depicted here.)
Topic:
Nathaniel Pitcher Tallmadge: Male  Search this
Nathaniel Pitcher Tallmadge: Politics and Government\State Legislator\New York  Search this
Nathaniel Pitcher Tallmadge: Politics and Government\US Senator\New York  Search this
Nathaniel Pitcher Tallmadge: Politics and Government\Governor\Wisconsin  Search this
Nathaniel Pitcher Tallmadge: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer  Search this
Thomas Ewing: Male  Search this
Thomas Ewing: Politics and Government\Cabinet Member\Secretary of Treasury  Search this
Thomas Ewing: Politics and Government\Cabinet Member\Secretary of Interior  Search this
Thomas Ewing: Politics and Government\US Senator\Ohio  Search this
John Bell: Male  Search this
John Bell: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer  Search this
John Bell: Politics and Government\Presidential Candidate  Search this
John Bell: Politics and Government\Cabinet Member\Secretary of War  Search this
John Bell: Politics and Government\US Senator\Tennessee  Search this
John Bell: Politics and Government\State Senator\Tennessee  Search this
John Jordan Crittenden: Male  Search this
John Jordan Crittenden: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer  Search this
John Jordan Crittenden: Politics and Government\Cabinet Member\US Attorney General  Search this
John Jordan Crittenden: Politics and Government\US Attorney  Search this
John Jordan Crittenden: Politics and Government\US Congressman\Kentucky  Search this
John Jordan Crittenden: Politics and Government\Governor\Kentucky  Search this
John Jordan Crittenden: Politics and Government\State Attorney General\Illinois  Search this
John Jordan Crittenden: Politics and Government\State Legislator\Kentucky  Search this
John Jordan Crittenden: Politics and Government\US Senator\Kentucky  Search this
Daniel Webster: Male  Search this
Daniel Webster: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer  Search this
Daniel Webster: Politics and Government\US Congressman\Massachusetts  Search this
Daniel Webster: Politics and Government\Cabinet Member\Secretary of State  Search this
Daniel Webster: Politics and Government\US Senator\Massachusetts  Search this
Daniel Webster: Politics and Government\US Congressman\New Hampshire  Search this
Daniel Webster: Education\Orator  Search this
Francis Granger: Male  Search this
Francis Granger: Politics and Government\State Legislator\New York  Search this
Francis Granger: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer  Search this
Francis Granger: Politics and Government\US Congressman\New York  Search this
Francis Granger: Politics and Government\Government Official\Postmaster\Postmaster General\US Postmaster General  Search this
Pike Harrison: Male  Search this
Henry Harrison: Male  Search this
N. W. Worthington: Male  Search this
N. W. Worthington: Health and Medicine\Physician  Search this
Anna Tuthill Harrison Taylor: Female  Search this
Anna Tuthill Harrison Taylor: Politics and Government\Daughter of US President  Search this
William Henry Harrison: Male  Search this
William Henry Harrison: Politics and Government\Diplomat  Search this
William Henry Harrison: Military\Army\Officer\General  Search this
William Henry Harrison: Politics and Government\President of US  Search this
William Henry Harrison: Politics and Government\US Congressman\Ohio  Search this
William Henry Harrison: Politics and Government\US Senator\Ohio  Search this
William Henry Harrison: Politics and Government\Governor\Indiana  Search this
William Henry Harrison: Congressional Gold Medal  Search this
Jane Irwin Harrison: Female  Search this
Jane Irwin Harrison: Politics and Government\First Lady\First Lady of US  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.84.183
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.84.183