Jessica: William Henry Harrsion

Mr. Jefferson’s Hammer: William Henry Harrison and the Origins of American Indian Policy,  by Robert Owens

If you want to read a book to know more about William Henry Harrison’s lifetime, this is not the book for you. The book really is all about the Origins of the American Indian Policy. It centers mainly around Harrison’s time as govenor of the territory of Illinois and his dealings with the local Indians and trying to buy all the land he could from them.

I understand that most presidential biographies will be written in a scholarly tone, and this one surely is. I would have liked to get more information on Harrison’s upbringing and personal life which I think would give the reader a more familiar feeling for a president that so little is known about, but the author also stated that he wanted to write an impartial biography. Maybe the author felt that if he delved into the more personal aspects of Harrison’s life, it would be difficult to remain impartial.

I read this biography as part of my personal presidential challange and I would encourage anyone else out there doing a presidential challange of their own to pick up a different biography on William Henry Harrison if you want to know more about the man himself.

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