People prefer not to believe in the randomness of the events taking place. Not only are there always patterns that lead to a certain outcome, but also I want to connect some stories with others. This is how curious theories, sometimes mystical, are born. And the more famous personalities this concerns, the more widely known these connections become. For example, there is a chain of events associated with American presidents known as the Tecumseh Curse. I must say that we know little about this, but in the USA it is a well-known story. The public even constantly remembers her, expecting the continuation of the mystical series of events.
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Curse of Tekumse: myth or coincidence?
Usually we are afraid of what we do not know. When the white man came to the vastness of the American continent, the culture of the local inhabitants, Indians, and Europeans seemed frankly alien. In the struggle for territory, the progressive nation, as expected, won. Although the white people concluded peace treaties with the Indians, they constantly violated them – the thirst for profit forced them to seize more and more lands. In addition, gradually the colonists themselves began to fight with each other and with the metropolis – the Indians on their native land had a very hard time.
In 1812, the Americans declared war on the British Empire. Trying to defend the rights of his Shawnee tribe, the leader Tecumseh sided with the British and even received the rank of general.
In the Battle of the River Thames, the British threw their allies, the Indian army was defeated by the American army under the command of William Harrison. The dying chieftain Tekumse is believed to have cursed his enemies.
He allegedly said:
“Harrison will die. And after him, every Great Leader chosen in twenty years will die. “
Since then, for seven generations (20 years later), every American president, who was elected in a multiple of 20 years, died or was killed before the end of his term.
It all looks rather gloomy …
The first victim of the curse was William Henry Harrison, the ninth president of the United States. And you can understand why he was touched by the revenge of the Indians. While still the governor of Indiana, he actively expanded the possessions of the Americans, buying up or simply taking territory from the Indians. And in 1811, Garrison became a national hero altogether, defeating the Indians in the battle of Tepekanu. It was this leader who commanded the American troops that defeated the Indian army under the command of the leader Tekumse. And so in 1840 Harrison took over the country… But a month after taking the oath, he died of pneumonia.
William Henry Garrison
The next victim of the curse was Abraham Lincoln. He became president in 1860, re-elected in 1864. But in 1865, Lincoln was killed. The curse worked, although there were no battles with the Indians in the president’s biography.
The third in this row was James Garfield. He won elections in 1880, but lived only six months after taking office. The politician was fatally shot in the back at the train station.
In 1900, William McKinley won his second presidential election… But Tekumse’s curse got him too. The anarchist Leon Cholgosh shot McKinley in the stomach, dying from complications from an infection of the wound.
Warren Harding is the twenty-ninth president of the country, led America in 1920 elections… But just five months after that, he began to complain of stomach pains. Doctors identified a whole range of problems, death came very quickly. Initially, it was called a stroke, but the crisis could be the result of an overdose of drugs.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt is one of the most iconic figures in American politics in the 20th century. He is the only president to have been elected for more than two terms. With Roosevelt, the country survived the Great Depression and World War II. In this case, the curse worked in an original way – in 1940 Roosevelt was elected for the third time, and he died in 1945, after another victory in the presidential race. The cause of death was a cerebral hemorrhage. Roosevelt was only 63 years old at the time.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
But the death of John F. Kennedy became a bright event, which is still argued and discussed to this day. Perhaps it was then that they began to speak out loud about the curse of the presidents. Kennedy won election in 1960… The young charming politician became a favorite of the people. But in 1963, in Dallas, the president was mortally wounded by a shot from a sniper rifle.
John F. Kennedy
According to some sources, the curse of Tekumse, acted up to the seventh generation… According to the legend of the seventh tribe, this murder was the last, and in the following cases his weakened strength was not enough to kill.
The tragic chain on Ronald Reagan was broken. The 40th President of the United States was elected in 1980 and died 15 years after leaving big politics. The cause was Alzheimer’s, not a fleeting illness or a terrorist shot. True, Reagan survived the assassination attempt just a couple of months after taking office. The 70-year-old politician was shot in the chest, but he quickly recovered from his injury.
George W. Bush seems to have confirmed the end of the curse. After his election to the post in 2000, the life of the politician was not in danger. In 2005, after the second election, an unsuccessful attempt was made to assassinate the US President in Georgia, but then the grenade did not explode. George W. Bush is still alive.
In 2020, George Biden won the election. At 78, he became the country’s oldest president when he took office. Only time will tell if the 200-year-old curse of the Indian leader will reach the modern American leader.