Useless Fact #8: In Support of Short Speeches

Courtesy of Wikipedia

Courtesy of Wikipedia

How many times have you, in your seniordom, been forced to endure a painfully long (and usually boring) speech?

Well, today’s entry in the “Useless Facts” category should give you a chuckle.

William Henry Harrison, the 9th president of the United States, gave the longest inauguration speech on record (1 hr. and 45 min.), and to compound his offense the speech was delivered in a heavy snowstorm.

It seems that fate was displeased with his verbosity because he died a month later – of pneumonia – thus making his the shortest term (32 days) of any president. RIP William Henry.

Since today is election day in the U.S., one of William Henry’s remarks is apropos:

All the measures of the Government are directed to the purpose of making the rich richer and the poor poorer.

Tell it all, brother!


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