William Henry Harrison – North Bend
On Saturday, February 2, 2013, the North Bend Community celebrated President William Henry Harrison’s birthday. Local chapters of the SAR and DAR add assistance. Brigadier General Alton Berry gives the commemorative address.
While born in Virginia, Harrison came out to the Ohio Country in 1791 as a solider and served Northwest Territorial Governor Arthur St. Clair.
In 1795 Harrison met Anna Symmes, of North Bend, Ohio. She was the daughter of Judge John Cleves Symmes, a prominent figure in the state,.When Harrison asked the judge for permission to marry Anna, he was refused. Harrison waited until Symmes left on business, then he and Anna eloped and married on November 25, 1795. Afterward, concerned about Harrison’s ability to provide for Anna, Symmes sold the young couple 160 acres of land in North Bend.
After Harrison returned to the United States in 1829, he settled on his farm in North Bend, Ohio, his adopted home state. There, he lived in relative retirement after nearly 40 years of continuous government service.
In these early years, Harrison also earned money from his contributions to a biography written by James Hall, entitled A Memoir of the Public Services of William Henry Harrison, published in 1836. Between 1836 and 1840, Harrison served as Clerk of Courts for Hamilton County. By 1840, when Harrison campaigned for president a second time, more than 12 books had been published on his life. In many, he was hailed as a national hero.