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  • JAMES MADISON
  • SIGNIFICANCE: William Henry Harrison went on to secure victory at the onslaught of fighting at the Battle of Tippecanoe. He also secured his reputation as a strong leader.
  • WHO: William Henry Harrison was the governor of the Indiana Territory at the time of the War. This was the forefront of fighting between American settlers and Native Americans.
  • INTERESTING FACT #2: A little over one month into his presidency, Harrison died from pneumonia after giving his inaugural speech in a freezing, drenching rain.
  • INTERESTING FACT #1: Because of his popularity stemming from his leadership during the War of 1812, Harrison would eventually be elected president in 1841.
  • SIGNIFICANCE: Served as president, and declared war on Great Britain on June 18th, 1812. Was run out of the capital by British attacks SIGNIFICANCE: Served as president, and declared war on Great Britain on June 18th, 1812. Was run out of the capital by British attacks
  • INTERESTING FACT #2: Before the White House was destroyed, Madison's wife, Dolly Madison, saved key government documents as well as a portrait of George Washington. INTERESTING FACT #2: Before the White House was destroyed, Madison's wife, Dolly Madison, saved key government documents as well as a portrait of George Washington.
  • WHO: James Madison President of the United States WHO: James Madison President of the United States
  • INTERESTING FACT #1: Madison was forced to flee the White House as the British aimed to attack the capital. The White House burned down. INTERESTING FACT #1: Madison was forced to flee the White House as the British aimed to attack the capital. The White House burned down.
  • WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON
  • SIGNIFICANCE: William Henry Harrison went on to secure victory at the onslaught of fighting at the Battle of Tippecanoe. He also secured his reputation as a strong leader.
  • WHO: William Henry Harrison was the governor of the Indiana Territory at the time of the War. This was the forefront of fighting between American settlers and Native Americans.
  • INTERESTING FACT #2: A little over one month into his presidency, Harrison died from pneumonia after giving his inaugural speech in a freezing, drenching rain.
  • INTERESTING FACT #1: Because of his popularity stemming from his leadership during the War of 1812, Harrison would eventually be elected president in 1841.
  • SIGNIFICANCE: Served as president, and declared war on Great Britain on June 18th, 1812. Was run out of the capital by British attacks
  • INTERESTING FACT #2: Before the White House was destroyed, Madison's wife, Dolly Madison, saved key government documents as well as a portrait of George Washington.
  • WHO: James Madison President of the United States
  • INTERESTING FACT #1: Madison was forced to flee the White House as the British aimed to attack the capital. The White House burned down.
  • JOHN C. CALHOUN
  • SIGNIFICANCE: John C. Calhoun played a significant role in helping pressure for war. His political career stretched to the eve of the Civil War.
  • WHO: John C. Calhoun acted as a newly elected Senator from South Carolina. A War Hawk, Calhoun argued for war with Britain as attacks on American settlers continued.
  • INTERESTING FACT #1: Calhoun was an extremely outspoken advocate for rights to slavery. His viewpoints led states' rights and pro-slave advocates for decades.
  • INTERESTING FACT #2: Calhoun held several political positions, including Vice President, Secretary of State, and Secretary of War. He also helped establish the Second Bank of the United States.
  • TECUMSEH
  • INTERESTING FACT #1: Tecumseh's older brother, Tenskwatawa, founded a religious following that revitalized the faith of Algonquin speaking tribes, despite mounting problems.
  • SIGNIFICANCE: Tecumseh was renowned for his fighting capabilities and ability to rally fellow natives together in their fight against white expansionism into their lands.
  • WHO: Tecumseh was a leader of the Native American Shawnee tribe. He is noted for his bravery and valiant fighting against American forces. Dies in the War of 1812.
  • ISAAC BROCK
  • WHO: Sir Isaac Brock was a leader of British and Native forces fighting in the War of 1812. He was noted as a fierce fighter and to this day is remembered for saving Canada.
  • INTERESTING FACT #1: To this day, Isaac Brock is known in Canadian history as a hero. His actions in several battles, in particular Queenstown Heights, were equal to that of America's George Washington's.
  • SIGNIFICANCE: Brock's most significant contribution to the War of 1812 was "saving" Canada, as he and his forces defeated the Americans at the Battle of Queenstown Heights in Upper Canada.
  • ANDREW JACKSON
  • WHO: Andrew Jackson emerged as a heroic military general in the War of 1812. He, too, achieved the presidency, thanks in part to his military actions throughout the war.
  • INTERESTING FACT #1: Jackson achieved victory at New Orleans. Ironically, it was unnecessary. The Treaty of Ghent had been signed, ending the war. Jackson and the British forces he fought were unaware.
  • SIGNIFICANCE: Jackson is famous for his leadership in the Battle of New Orleans, where he and American forces defeated a large-scale naval and land attack by the British. It significantly raised America's morale.
  • INTERESTING FACT #2: Tecumseh was killed at the Battle of the Thames in the War of 1812. He was forever immortalized as a true warrior, even inspiring future U.S. generals such as William Tecumseh Sherman, a general of the Civil War.
  • INTERESTING FACT #2: Isaac Brock was, in fact, killed at Queenstown Heights. However, he was credited with leading the victorious battle for British and Native forces that left over 1,000 American soldiers killed or wounded.
  • INTERESTING FACT #2: Jackson went on to lead a lengthy political career. He faced off with many of the major figures of the War of 1812, including John C. Calhoun and James Madison.
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