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American President

Benjamin Harrison (1833–1901)

Portrait of Benjamin Harrison

Facts at a Glance

23rd President of the United States (1889–1893)
August 20, 1833, North Bend, Ohio
“Kid Gloves Harrison,” “Little Ben”
Miami University (Ohio), graduated 1852
October 20, 1853, to Caroline Lavinia Scott (1832–1892). April 6, 1896, to Mary Scott Lord Dimmick (1858–1948)
Russell Benjamin (1854–1936), Mary Scott (1858–1930), Elizabeth (1897–1955)
Political Party
This Country of Ours (1897), Views of An Ex-President (1901)
March 13, 1901, Indianapolis, Indiana
Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana
A Life in Brief
Benjamin Harrison was born in 1833 in North Bend, Ohio, to a prominent family that had a legacy of political activism. After all, he was the grandson of the nation’s ninth President, William Henry Harrison. More »
Shall the prejudices and paralysis of slavery continue to hang upon the skirts of progress?
March 4, 1889

Essays on Benjamin Harrison and His Administration

Benjamin Harrison
A Life in Brief
Life Before the Presidency
Campaigns and Elections
Domestic Affairs
Foreign Affairs
Life After the Presidency
Family Life
The American Franchise
Impact and Legacy
Key Events
First Lady
Caroline Harrison
Vice President
Levi P. Morton
Secretary of State
James G. Blaine (1889–1892)
John W. Foster (1892–1893)
Secretary of War
Redfield Proctor (1889–1891)
Stephen B. Elkins (1891–1893)
Postmaster General
John Wanamaker (1889–1893)
Secretary of the Interior
John W. Noble (1889–1893)
Secretary of the Treasury
William Windom (1889–1891)
Charles Foster (1891–1893)
Attorney General
William H. Miller (1889–1893)
Secretary of the Navy
Benjamin F. Tracy (1889–1893)
Secretary of Agriculture
Jeremiah M. Rusk (1889–1893)

Consulting Editor: Allan B. Spetter

Professor Spetter is a professor emeritus of history at Wright State University. His writings include:

The Presidency of Benjamin Harrison (Co-authored with Homer E. Socolofsky, University Press of Kansas, 1987)