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Benjamin Harrison
by John T. Marck


 
 

 

 

 
 
 

BENJAMIN HARRISON

23rd President

Term- March 4, 1889 to March 4, 1893

Republican Party

Birth: North Bend, Ohio, August 20, 1833.

Ancestry: English-Scotch

Marriage: First Marriage: Oxford, Ohio, October 20, 1853 to Caroline (Carrie) Lavinia Scott, who was born in Oxford, Ohio, October 1, 1832. Caroline died in Washington, D.C., October 25, 1892 and is buried in Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Second Marriage: New York, New York, April 6, 1896 to Mary Scott Lord Dimmick, who was born in Honesdale, Pennsylvania, April 30, 1858. Mary died in New York, New York, January 5, 1948, and is buried in Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Children: (By first wife) Russell Benjamin (1854-1936); Mary Scott (1858-1930).

(By second wife) Elizabeth (1897-1955).

Home: Indianapolis, Indiana

Education: Private tutoring; attended Farmers College; graduated B.A. (1852) from Miami University.

Religion: Presbyterian

Occupation before Presidency: Lawyer, notary public, soldier.

Military Service: Appointed col. in 70th Indiana Volunteers (1862); resigned as brevet brig. general in 1865.

Pre-Presidential Offices: Commissioner for the Court of Claims; City Attorney; Secretary of Indiana Republican Central Committee; State Supreme Court Reporter; Member of the U.S. Senate.

Age at Inauguration: 55

Harrison Administration: Vice President: Levi P. Morton of New York, Inauguration March 4, 1889, The Capital, Washington, D.C.

Occupation after Presidency: Lawyer

Death: Indianapolis, Indiana, March 13, 1901

Cause of Death: Pneumonia at age 67.

Place of Burial: Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana

Interesting Facts:

In 1891 electricity was installed in the White House. Harrison, after getting a shock refused to touch a switch, and often went to bed with the lights on.

Copyrightę John T. Marck. All Rights Reserved. This article and their accompanying pictures, photographs, and line art, may not be resold, reprinted, or redistributed for compensation of any kind without prior written permission from the author. From The Presidents of the United States by John T. Marck.