Thursday, January 22, 2009

Presidential curse

While watching the history channel tonight, I learned a bit more about our Presidents. Not only did some of them see ghost (As Mentioned in my post on Jan. 20th).
Several of them are elected only to suffer death from a curse.
It all started with our 9th President William Henry Harrison who was born here in Virginia at Berkley Plantation.
(See This Post to learn more about my visit there.)
It seems that Harrison was cursed by Chief Tecumseh because he did not like the way his people were being treated in the Indiana territory while it was governed by future President William Henry Harrison. When Tecumseh threatened to hasten an Indian uprising to try to prevent the Americans from taking any more lands, Harrison fought back.

The resulting battle - the Battle of Tippacanoe - found Harrison successful, and Tecumseh even more upset. He then cursed Harrison and all future Presidents that would be elected every 20 years.

Presidents in the line of the alleged curse

1840 William Henry Harrison Died of Pneumonia 1841

1860 Abraham Lincoln Assassinated 1865

1880 James A. Garfield Assassinated 1881

1900 William McKinley Assassinated 1901

1920 Warren G. Harding
Heart attack, stroke, or possibly poison 1923

1940 Franklin D. Roosevelt Fourth Cerebral hemorrhage 1945

1960 John F. Kennedy First Assassinated 1963

1980 Ronald Reagan Attempted assassination - injured but not killed 2004
(Did not die in office)

2000 George W. Bush Attempted assassinations Currently living



Blogger Sacred Suzie said...

Interesting, presidents and curses! I had never thought of it in that way.

Thanks for the bday wishes Patty!

January 23, 2009 at 9:39 AM  
Blogger Betsy from Tennessee said...

Patty, Even if there weren't any curses on the President, I wouldn't take that job for anything in the world!!! It's a no-win situation for whoever does it...

January 23, 2009 at 10:03 AM  
Blogger Linda said...

I guess Harrison messed with the wrong guy but it doesn't seem fair to have cursed the entire line of Presidents to follow every twenty years - they weren't responsible for Harrison's actions.

Though, I guess it doesn't matter when a person is elected, that's always a cursed job!

January 23, 2009 at 10:23 AM  
Blogger Carrie said...

I learned this in college and found it intriguiging. I kept thinking that W. should have a lot of security.

January 23, 2009 at 8:52 PM  

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