a letter from President Harrison
Did You Know?
• Six states entered the United States during his administration: ND, SD, MT, ID, WY and WA.
• Although he did not win the popular vote in his election, he won the vote of the electoral college.
• Electric lights were installed in the White House during his term. His wife never turned them on because she was frightened of the switches.
• He is the only president who is the grandson of another president (see William Henry Harrison).
Key Events in the Administration
(August 20, 1833 - March 13, 1901)
• First Lady: Caroline Lavinia Scott Harrison, Wife
• Wife's Maiden Name: Caroline Scott
• Other Marriages: Mary Scott Lord Dimmick
• Number of Children: 3
• Education Level: College
• School Attended: Miami University - Oxford (OH)
• Religion: Presbyterian
• Profession: Military, Lawyer, Supreme Court Reporter (IN)
• Military Service: Brigadier General
Public Service:Presidential Places
• Dates of Presidency: 3/4/1889 - 3/3/1893
• Presidency Number: 23
• Number of Terms: 1
• Why Presidency Ended: Defeated
• Party: Republican
• His Vice President(s): Levi P. Morton
• Senator: Indiana (1881-1887)
Methodology and Resources
Benjamin Harrison Birthplace/ William Henry Harrison Home
Gravesite: Crown Hill Cemetery
Home: President Benjamin Harrison Home
C-SPAN in the Classroom
Papers: Library of Congress - Washington, DC, 202-707-5387
Presidents Programs from
• Programming includes:
• Benjamin Harrison Life Portrait: From President Benjamin Harrison Home - Indianapolis, IN
Guests included: Charles Calhoun, history professor, East Carolina University; Phyllis Geeslin, executive director, President Benjamin Harrison Home; Tom Huston, Indianapolis presidential memorabilia collector Watch | Order Videotape
• Benjamin Harrison portrayed by Edward Myers Watch
• Jim Bright on Columbia Club Indianapolis (formerly the Benjamin Harrison Marching Society) Watch
• Don Ritchie on Harrison and the 1888 election Watch
• Mark Lubbers on Indiana presidential politics (Crown Hill Cemetery) Watch
• John Sellers on Harrison's presidential papers Watch
• 1995 Washington Journal on presidents from Ohio, featuring Harrison Watch