One quirk of history became known as "Tecumseh's curse." William Henry Harrison, whose life intertwined with Tecumseh, was elected president in 1840, caught a cold while delivering the longest inaugural address in history, and died a month later.
His father was killed at the Battle of Point Pleasant (in present day West Virginia) in late 1774, during a brief war between the Virginia militia and the Shawnee and other Indian tribes.
It is believed that Tecumseh's mother fled westward, and Tecumseh and his brother were raised by an older sister.
Something that raised Tecumseh's standing among the Indians is that he seemed able to predict events such as solar eclipses and earthquakes.
Tecumseh Confronted William Henry Harrison: By 1810 Tecumseh was brought in direct confrontation with the governor of Indiana territory, the future president of the United States William Henry Harrison.
Tecumseh was said to have saved some American prisoners at Detroit, and was generally respected by his American opponents as he did not believe in torturing captives and was known to keep his word.
Tecumseh Killed in the War of 1812: When the British retreated into Canada in 1813, Tecumseh and his forces helped cover the retreat.
While Tecumseh was absent, William Henry Harrison led an attack against Prophetstown, the major Shawnee village. The Shawnee were later defeated by Harrisons's forces at the Battle of Tippecanoe on November 7, 1811.
Decades later the name of the battle became part of the famous "Tippecanoe and Tyler Too" slogan for Harrison's presidential campaign in the election of 1840.
Tecumseh's Brother Played a Pivotal Role: Tecumseh had a brother named Tenskwatawa who began having religious visions in the early 1800s. Tecumseh and his brother founded a settlement (in present day Indiana) called Prophetstown (sometimes rendered as Prophet's Town).