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Funeral ribbon for William H. Harrison.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC08096 Author/Creator: Place Written: s.l. Type: Object Date: post 1841. Pagination: 14.7 x 6.7 cm.

Summary of Content: Silk ribbon has picture of Harrison, birth place, birth and death dates, and dying words: "Sir,--I wish you to understand the true principles of the Government. I wish them carried out. I ask nothing more."

People: Harrison, William Henry, 1773-1841

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: PresidentGovernment and CivicsDeath

Sub Era: Age of Jackson

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