Lead: The wife of one President and grandmother of another, Anna Harrison never entered the White House as First Lady.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: When she was informed that her husband, William Henry Harrison had been elected President Anna Harrison was not particularly happy. "I wish that my husband's friends had left him where he is, happy and contented in retirement." Sick at the time of the inauguration, she declined the trip preferring to wait for the milder weather of the Washington springtime. Just after the President was sworn in he caught a respiratory infection and died of pneumonia. Until Ronald Reagan, Harrison at 68 was the oldest man to become President and his wife was the oldest First Lady. In many ways her life was similar to Rachel Jackson. Both of them shared their husbands with the nomadic life of the military, both aspired to national political office and both found comfort in their long stretches of loneliness in religious faith as devout Presbyterians.

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