Benjamin Harrison

Benjamin Harrison
Served 1889-1893

Benjamin Harrison was born August 20, 1833, in North Bend, Ohio, at the home of his grandfather William Henry Harrison, who was later the ninth President.

Harrison married twice. In college, he married Caroline Scott on October 20, 1853, and they had two children. She died October 25, 1892, near the end of Presidency. In 1896, after his Presidency, he married Mary Dimmick, his late wife’s niece, and they had one child.

Every successful Republican Presidential candidate from the end of the Civil War to 1900 served as an officer in the Union Army and was born in Ohio. Harrison had both these qualifications, but the only other elected office he ever held was Reporter to the Supreme Court of Indiana. In 1888, Harrison won the election against incumbent President Grover Cleveland, but in 1892, Harrison won the Republican nomination but lost the election to Cleveland.

While Harrison was President, electricity was installed in the White House, and he and his First Lady were the first to have a Christmas Tree with electric lights. During his term, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Washington, Idaho, and Wyoming became the 39th – 44th states to enter the Union.

Harrison died March 13, 1901, in Indianapolis, Indiana, at the age of 67.

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