Agent for the Northwest

William Henry Harrison, the Whig candidate for president in 1840, had done as much as anyone of his generation to foster the expansion of the United States into lands northwest of the Ohio River. As a young soldier in 1794, Harrison fought in the Battle of Fallen Timbers near present-day Toledo. As governor of the Indiana Territory from 1800 to 1812, he negotiated a series of land cession treaties that cheaply acquired more than a million acres from Indians. Harrison led a small army against Shawnee brothers Tecumseh and Tenskwatawa (the Prophet) and their followers in 1811 in northwest Indiana.