Benjamin Harrison
23nd President of the United States

(1889 - 1893)
Vice President: Levi P. Morton
 

Mary Harrison McKee, daughter of Benjamin and Caroline Harrison, born April 8, 1858.

Russell Harrison, son of Benjamin and Caroline, born August 12, 1854.

 

Caroline Harrison received her degree in music, art, and literature from the Oxford Female Institute in 1852.

 

Benjamin Harrison with his grandchildren: Benjamin Harrison McKee, Mary Lodge McKee, and daughter Mary Harrison McKee.

Benjamin Harrison's second wife received her early education by private tutors in New York City

Benjamin Harrison is the only United States president from the state of Indiana. Not only was he the 23rd president (serving from 1889-1893), but he was also the centennial president, inaugurated 100 years after George Washington.


President: Benjamin Harrison

Wife: Caroline Lavinia Scott (1832-1892), on October 20, 1853; Mary Scott Lord Dimmick (1858-1948), on April 6, 1896

Kids: Russell Benjamin Harrison (1854-1936); Mary Scott Harrison (1858-1930); Elizabeth Harrison (1897-1955)

Pets: Dash the dog; Whiskers the goat; dogs; an opossum

Bio: Benjamin Harrison, (1833-1901), born at North Bend on Aug. 20, 1833 and grandson of 9th President William Henry Harrison, was the 23rd President Of The United States. His father, John Scott Harrison managed a 2,000-acre family estate at North Bend, Ohio. Benjamin was the 2nd of nine children. At the age of 14, Ben went to Cincinnati to attend Cary's Academy.

In 1852, Harrison graduated from Miami University, with first honors. Admitted to the bar in 1854, Harrison moved to Indianapolis with a new bride and formed a law partnership with the son of a former governor.

In July 1862, he was called to duty to lead the 70th Indiana Regiment, and was promoted to brigadier general after many successful missions. Returning a war hero, Harrison became the Republican leader in Indiana, and served in the US Senate from 1881-1887.

In 1888, the national convention nominated Harrison for the presidency. and won the presidency by the electoral, not popular, vote. In office, Harrison fought for, and won, many issues including anti-trust legislation, tariffs, and veteran pensions. His highly effective administration was marred only by his failure to annex Hawaii.

Cleveland was reelected in 1892, leaving Harrison to rebuild his private life and a lucrative law practice. He remarried a few years later after his first wife died. The couple had a baby named Elizabeth, but unfortunately Harrison could not enjoy his fatherhood for too long, for he died in Indianapolis on March 13, 1901.
 

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