Benjamin Harrison

Benjamin Harrison (1833 - 1901)

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President Benjamin Harrison
Born in North Bend, Hamilton County, Ohiomap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in Oxford, OH, USAmap
Husband of — married in St. Thomas Protestant Episcopal Church in New York Citymap
Descendants descendants
Died in Indianapolis, Indiana, USAmap
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Preceded by
22nd President
Grover Cleveland

Succeeded by
Joseph E. McDonald
Benjamin Harrison
23rd President
of the United States
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US Senator (Class 1)
from Indiana
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Succeeded by
24th President
Grover Cleveland

Preceded by
David Turpie


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Benjamin Harrison was the 23rd US President. Small in stature he earned the nickname of "Little Ben" The Harrisons, were among the First Families of Virginia. Their immigrant ancestor was Benjamin Harrison, who arrived in Jamestown, Virginia in 1630. Benjamin was a grandson of President William Henry Harrison and the great-grandson of Benjamin Harrison V, a Virginia governor and signer of the Declaration of Independence. Harrison's boyhood was enjoyable, with much of it spent outdoors fishing or hunting.

1833 Birth 1853 Marriage 1855 Elected 24th President 1896 Second Marriage 1901 Death


1833 Aug 20
Born in 1833 North Bend, OH, USA on a farm by the Ohio River below Cincinnati
In 1850, he transferred to Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He joined the fraternity Phi Delta Theta[1], which he used as a network for much of his life. He graduated in 1852.
1853 October 20
Marries Caroline Lavinia Scott daughter of college professor. Ohio in 1847.[6] Harrison attended the college for two years.[7][b] While there, he met Caroline Scott, one of the daughters of the science professor, John Witherspoon Scott.
Harrison inherits $800 after the death of an aunt. He uses the money to move with Caroline to Indianapolis, Indiana where he establishes his legal career.
☆ Benjamin Harrison Political Career Begins ☆
1860, Harrison ran as the Republican candidate for reporter of the Indiana Supreme Court, his first in partisan politics. Although this office was not political, he was an active supporter of his party's platform. During the election, he represented the Republican Party in debating Thomas Hendricks, the Democratic candidate for governor. (He was a future Vice President of the United States.)[21] His law partner Wallace was elected as county clerk in 1860, and Harrison opened a new firm with William Fishback, named Fishback & Harrison. They worked together until he entered the Army after the start of the American Civil War.[22]
1864 January 2
Civil War Harrison is promoted to command the 1st Brigade of the 1st Division of the XX Corps. He commands the brigade at the Battles of Resaca, Cassville, New Hope Church, Lost Mountain, Kennesaw Mountain, Marietta, Peachtree Creek and Atlanta. He musters out on June 8, 1865.
Democrats defeated him for Governor of Indiana in 1876 by unfairly stigmatizing him as "Kid Gloves" Harrison.
March 4, 1881 – March 4, 1887
In the 1880's he served in the United States Senate, where he championed Indians. homesteaders, and Civil War veterans.
☆ Benjamin Harrison Presidency Begins ☆
1889 March 4
Elected President In the Presidential election, Harrison received 100,000 fewer popular votes than Cleveland, but carried the Electoral College 233 to 168. Although Harrison had made no political bargains, his supporters had given innumerable pledges upon his behalf. Won the 1888 electoral vote by 233 to 168 for his predecessor and successor Grover Cleveland, even though Cleveland had won the popular vote by 5,537,857 to 5,447,129. Lost the 1892 election to Cleveland. Chose Levi P. Morton to be his Vice-President. Vice President Levi Morton
When Harrison took office, no new states had been admitted in more than a decade, owing to Congressional Democrats' reluctance to admit states that they believed would send Republican members. Early in Harrison's term, however, the lame duck Congress passed bills that admitted four states to the union: North Dakota and South Dakota on November 2, 1889, Montana on November 8, and Washington on November 11.[111] The following year two more states held constitutional conventions and were admitted: Idaho on July 3 and Wyoming on July 10, 1890.[111] The initial Congressional delegations from all six states were solidly Republican.[111] More states were admitted under Harrison's presidency than any other since George Washington's.
October 25 Harrison's wife Carolyn dies of tuberculosis while he is still in office.
Harrison returns to Indinapolis to pick up his law practice.
1896 Apr 6
Harrison marries the widow Mrs. Mary Dimmick (April 30, 1858 – January 5, 1948) [2]
1901 Mar 13
A dignified elder statesman, he died in 1901. He died the following year from complications from influenza. He is to date the only U.S. president from Indiana and the only one to be the grandson of another president Indianapolis, IN, USA Buried in Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, IN, USA

Most Distant Known Ancestors

Paternal Robert Harrison Born 1540 in Stow Bathl, Northamptonshire, England husband to Elizabeth Fitzgiffory
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Maternal Elizabeth Irwin
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  • Notable Kin, Volume One, by Gary Boyd Roberts, Carl Boyer, 3rd, Santa Clarita, California, 1998 (Published in cooperation with the New England Historic genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts)
  • The University Magazine (1892) Vol. 7, Page 298C
  • Keith, Charles Penrose. The Ancestry of Benjamin Harrison (Lippincott Co., Philadelphia, 1893)

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  1. Benjamin Harrison also joined the Delta Chi fraternity
  2. Mary Dimmick is is 25 years younger than Harrison, and was the niece of his first wife

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On 12 Dec 2014 at 14:49 GMT Dan Thompson wrote:

Please edit category to read: "Category:US Senators from Indiana" Thank you.

On 2 Nov 2014 at 03:21 GMT Doug Lockwood wrote:

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On 12 Jan 2014 at 01:13 GMT Maggie N. wrote:

He did not have a son named Alexander Harrison.

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