The Presidents Code – William Henry Harrison

The Presidents Code – William Henry Harrison

Name Meanings of the Harrison Presidency in story form:

Mankind multiplied on the face of the earth and violence filled the land. Rulers of armies rose up to protect and attack others. This violence grieved God so that He purposed to send a Flood to destroy all flesh, but Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord and was told to build an ark to escape this judgment. Noah walked with God obeying His voice which allowed him to be saved from His judgment.

President William Henry Harrison Whig 3/4/1841-4/4/1841
President William Henry Harrison
Whig 3/4/1841-4/4/1841

Due to the Panic of 1837 and the ensuing economic depression, William Henry Harrison was able to easily defeat incumbent Martin Van Buren for the Presidency. Harrison ran as the War hero of the battle of Tippecanoe which occurred during the War of 1812. The Log cabin campaign of Harrison and the song “Tippecanoe and Tyler” was highly successful in portraying Harrison and Vice Presidential candidate John Tyler as “common men”. This gave them the advantage over Van Buren despite both men being of the aristocratic class. Previously, Democrats had been able to portray the Whigs as the party of the aristocracy and elite which enabled them to keep control of Congress and the Presidency for nearly 20 years.


William Henry Harrison’s name meaning depicts mankind joining forces to form armies and war against each other as seen in Genesis 6:5, and 6:13. William comes from the Germanic words ‘wil’ meaning desire and ‘helm’ meaning the head, or helmet/protection.


Henry comes from the Germanic words ‘heim’ meaning home and ‘ric’ meaning power or ruler.


Harrison means son of Harry which is from the name Henry/Harold.  Henry again means home power or ruler.  Harold comes from the Old English name ‘Hereweald’ meaning leader of the army.  ‘Here’ means army and ‘weald’ means leader or ruler. Here then in all three of Harrison’s name is a depiction of warfare.


Harrison’s life depicts this meaning of violence and war. He was a brigadier general in the War of 1812, receiving a Gold Medal. Harrison gained national fame in the Battle of Tippecanoe where he defeated the Shawnee at Prophetstown and burnt the city to the ground. The name of the city was called Prophetstown in honor of Tecumseh’s brother Tenskwatawa who was a Shawnee prophet who proclaimed Americans as the children of the devil, the “spawn of the Great Serpent”. Tenskwatawa means “One With Open Mouth”. This points to Noah who was the sole preacher of righteousness during his days (1 Peter 2:5).


Harrison took the oath of office on March 4th, 1841 and died exactly one month later of pneumonia. Pneumonia is a disease of the lungs from whence comes our breath. The Hebrew word for breath is רוח ‘ruach’ which also means spirit. In the code, this corresponds with the time depicted in Genesis 6 where the wickedness of the inhabitants of the earth grieved God. This wickedness led to the Flood.

Genesis 6:6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.

The word ‘repented’ in Genesis 6:6 comes from the Hebrew word נחם ‘nacham’ which means to breath strongly, as in one who is sorry.  This is another connection to Harrison’s pneumonia.


William Henry Harrison’s month long Presidency is the shortest in history. This connects yet again to the days of Noah which the Lord shortened (Genesis 6:3).

Harrison’s Presidency lasting one month is yet another connection to the violence of the days of Noah. The duration of a month is roughly 30 days, based upon the cycle of the moon. Near the beginning and end of each month the moon is in the shape of a crescent sword which is why one of the Hebrew words for moon, סהרון ‘saharon,’ literally means a crescent.


While Harrison had the shortest Presidency in history, he is responsible for the longest Inaugural Address ever given. Harrison’s speech took nearly two hours to read on a cold, wet day in which he wore no coat or hat. Many believed that the pneumonia which killed him was a result of the bad weather and poor attire he wore.

In his speech, Harrison warned the American people about the evils of the party system and how it can be used to corrupt the Constitution and take liberty from the populace. Harrison contrasted the spirit of liberty which prevents despotism to the counterfeit spirit of liberty which divides people into opposing camps, feigning defense against the opposition in order to attain power. Such was the state of man during the days of Noah. Their hearts and thoughts were full of evil which brought forth the fruit of violence and corruption (Genesis 6:5, 11-12).


The spirit of liberty is the sovereign balm for every injury which our institutions may receive. On the contrary, no care that can be used in the construction of our Government, no division of powers, no distribution of checks in its several departments, will prove effectual to keep us a free people if this spirit is suffered to decay; and decay it will without constant nurture. To the neglect of this duty the best historians agree in attributing the ruin of all the republics with whose existence and fall their writings have made us acquainted. The same causes will ever produce the same effects, and as long as the love of power is a dominant passion of the human bosom, and as long as the understandings of men can be warped and their affections changed by operations upon their passions and prejudices, so long will the liberties of a people depend on their own constant attention to its preservation.

The danger to all well-established free governments arises from the unwillingness of the people to believe in its existence or from the influence of designing men diverting their attention from the quarter whence it approaches to a source from which it can never come. This is the old trick of those who would usurp the government of their country. In the name of democracy they speak, warning the people against the influence of wealth and the danger of aristocracy. History, ancient and modern, is full of such examples. Caesar became the master of the Roman people and the senate under the pretense of supporting the democratic claims of the former against the aristocracy of the latter; Cromwell, in the character of protector of the liberties of the people, became the dictator of England, and Bolivar possessed himself of unlimited power with the title of his country’s liberator. There is, on the contrary, no instance on record of an extensive and well-established republic being changed into an aristocracy.

The tendencies of all such governments in their decline is to monarchy, and the antagonist principle to liberty there is the spirit of faction–a spirit which assumes the character and in times of great excitement imposes itself upon the people as the genuine spirit of freedom, and, like the false Christs whose coming was foretold by the Savior, seeks to, and were it possible would, impose upon the true and most faithful disciples of liberty. It is in periods like this that it behooves the people to be most watchful of those to whom they have intrusted power. And although there is at times much difficulty in distinguishing the false from the true spirit, a calm and dispassionate investigation will detect the counterfeit, as well by the character of its operations as the results that are produced.”

“Before concluding, fellow-citizens, I must say something to you on the subject of the parties at this time existing in our country. To me it appears perfectly clear that the interest of that country requires that the violence of the spirit by which those parties are at this time governed must be greatly mitigated, if not entirely extinguished, or consequences will ensue which are appalling to be thought of. “


“If parties in a republic are necessary to secure a degree of vigilance sufficient to keep the public functionaries within the bounds of law and duty, at that point their usefulness ends. Beyond that they become destructive of public virtue, the parent of a spirit antagonist to that of liberty, and eventually its inevitable conqueror.”


Scripture speaks of the “party spirit” of which Harrison warned about as a manifestation of man’s carnal, sinful flesh. In the Scriptures, the word for this ‘party spirit’ is ἐριθείαeritheia.’ It is translated as ‘strife’ in Galatians 5:19-20; Philippians 2:3; 2 Corinthians 12:20 and James 3:16. This is yet another example of the violence during the days of Noah linking with the Presidency of William Henry Harrison.

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