Benjamin Harrison Facts | 23rd PRESIDENT
23rd President: 1889-1893
US Vice President: Levi Morton
Political Party: Republican (1856-1901) Whig Party (Before 1856)
Birth: August 20, 1833
Death: March 13, 1901
Education: Farmer’s College (1847) Miami University (1850-1852)
23rd President of the United States (1889 – 1893)
United States Senator from Indiana (1881 – 1887)
First Ladies: Caroline Scott (m. 1853 – 1892), Mary Scott Lord (m. 1896 – 1901)
Children: Russell, Mary, Elizabeth
Pictures of Caroline Harrison from the Library of Congress
Second Marriage newspaper article
Pictures of Mary Harrison from the Library of Congress
Facts about Benjamin Harrison
Harrison joined the Republican Party shortly after its formation in 1856, campaigning for national candidates and participating in local races.
- Benjamin was seven years old when his grandfather became president.
- Harrison was the first president to use electricity in the White House, installed by Edison General Electric Company.
- Benjamin Harrison was the first and only president from Indiana.
- Harrison known by some as the human iceberg because he was often very formal and stiff when dealing with people.
On November 2, 1889, President Harrison signed the proclamations admitting North and South Dakota to the Union. Due to a rivalry which existed between the two states, Harrison ordered the papers to be shuffled and for the names to be hidden from him while signing so there would be no argument over which he signed first.
- During Harrison’s administration, Congress appropriated $1 billion in annual spending for the first time.
- Harrison was the first president known to his voice preserved. In 1889, a thirty-six second speech was recorded on a wax phonograph cylinder.
More states were admitted under Harrison’s presidency than any other since George Washington’s. (North Dakota and South Dakota, Montana and Washington in 1889. Also, Idaho and Wyoming in 1890).
The Harrison’s made many trips out of the capital, which included speeches at most stops including Philadelphia, New England, Indianapolis and Chicago. The President typically made his best impression speaking before large audiences, as opposed to more intimate settings.
Benjamin Harrison Childhood
Benjamin Harrison was born on August 20, 1833, in North Bend, Ohio. The Harrison’s were among the First Families of Virginia, with roots stretching back to Jamestown. Benjamin was a grandson of President William Henry Harrison and the great-grandson of Benjamin Harrison V, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.
Harrison attended Farmer’s College, where he met Caroline Scott. In 1850, he transferred to Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. After completing college, Harrison studied law and eventually established his own practice.
Where is Benjamin Harrison buried?
Harrison is interred in Indianapolis’s Crown Hill Cemetery, next to Caroline. After her death, Mary Dimmick Harrison was buried next to him.
How did Benjamin Harrison die?
Harrison caught influenza in February 1901. Furthermore, treated with steam vapor inhalation and oxygen, but his condition worsened. He died from pneumonia at his home on Wednesday, March 13, 1901, at the age of 67.”