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Read a letter from President Harrison

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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

Benjamin Harrison
(August 20, 1833 - March 13, 1901)

Life Facts

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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:
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

Presidential Places

Birthplace: Benjamin Harrison Birthplace/ William Henry Harrison Home
Gravesite: Crown Hill Cemetery
Home: President Benjamin Harrison Home

Reference Material

Inaugural Address
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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 

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