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    William Henry Harrison Document Signed "Wm. H. Harrison." One page, 8" x 4.5", n.p., circa January 13, 1794. Signed as aide-de-camp to General "Mad Anthony" Wayne during the ongoing Northwest Indian War, Lt. Harrison here orders "Return for two Days Provision for five spies under the Command of Capt. Wells one and half Ration for Day Commencing the thirteenth and Ending fourteenth January 1794." Docketed on the verso.

    The Capt. Wells referred to in this document is likely William Wells (circa 1770-1812), the son-in-law of Miami chief Little Turtle. Taken captive by the Miami around the age of twelve, he was adopted by the tribe and raised in the village of Kenapakomoko. Sometime around 1793, Wells became a captain in Gen. Wayne's Legion of the United States and served as a scout and interpreter. He later became a U.S. Indian agent to the Miami and fought in the War of 1812, where he was killed by the Potawatomi

    Harrison fought in the Northwest Indian War under General Wayne and participated in the Battle of Fallen Timbers, the final battle of the war. Later, in August of 1795, he attended the signing of the Treaty of Greenville which ended the war. In 1840, Harrison was elected as the ninth president of the United States. Thirty-two days later, he became the first president to die in office -- a victim of the common cold. His tenure as president has the distinction of being the shortest of any president.

    Condition: Uneven edges, especially at the lower edge. Chipping at the left and right edges. Light, uneven toning. Mounting remnants on the verso.


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