Episode 31: ManCrush Monday – William Henry Harrison “Tippecanoe”
It’s Monday! That means it’s time to highlight a hero that exemplifies manly virtues – it’s MAN CRUSH MONDAY. Today’s hero was homeschooled, until he dropped out of medical school and joined the army.
Will’s connections got him a decent rank right off the bat, and he started commanding a unit of men that were defending an outpost against a hostile enemy. He was appointed as a chief negotiator with that enemy, and secured a treaty that ensured his country would maintain their land.
The skilled warrior and diplomat met his match in Anna, and at age 22, they tied the knot. Her father asked, “How do you plan to support my daughter?” And the young Will answered, “By my sword and right arm!”
That pledge proved to be true, as Will focused on diplomacy for several years, until a new enemy emerged. On the brink of the War of 1812, while his young nation was moving west, he fought off a surprise attack by the Shawnee, along the river that would give him his nickname, “Tippecanoe”
Eventually, he’d be elected president, an honor that suited both his diplomatic skills, and his ferocity on the battlefield.
Unfortunately, he died of pneumonia a month after taking office.
For his commitment to provide for his family, to honor his country, and to master both the art of war, and the art of peace, we give William Henry “Tippecanoe” Harrison our nod as this week’s Man Crush Monday
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