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Benjamin Harrison
Birth: Aug. 20, 1833
North Bend
Hamilton County
Ohio, USA
Death: Mar. 13, 1901
Indianapolis
Marion County
Indiana, USA

23rd United States President. He was grandson of the nation's ninth President, William Henry Harrison. His father John Scott Harrison was an Ohio congressman but his notoriety came after his death: His body was stolen by grave robbers. Horrified family members launched a search discovering the remains hanging on a hook at the Ohio Medical College in Cincinnati awaiting illegal use as a medical specimen. Benjamin was born in North Bend, Ohio on his fathers farm adjacent to his grandfather's vast estate. As a child, he hunted, fished, hauled wood, tended livestock and studied at home with private tutors. Enrolled at Miami University in Oxford, he graduated at the top of his class and studied law with a firm in Cincinnati. One year later, he had his own law practice and married Caroline Lavina Scott, a girl he had known as a teenager. They moved to Indianapolis to escape the notoriety of his famous family. Benjamin quickly became involved in politics which was interrupted by the civil war which found him as a member of the Indiana Volunteers attaining the rank of brigadier general. After the war, he returned to political life becoming an influential Republican party broker. He was named to the United states Senate where he championed pensions for civil war veterans, protective tariffs, a modernized navy and conservation of western lands, issues that he would uphold as President. In the closing days of the administration, Caroline died of tuberculosis. He was swept out of office handing former President Grover Cleveland a decisive victory. He remained active in public life becoming an "elder statesman" lecturing on constitutional law at Stanford University and serving as chief counsel for Venezuela in a boundary dispute with British Guiana. Benjamin Harrison married his deceased wife's niece, Mary Lord Dimmick, a widow nearly thirty years his junior. The last Civil War general to serve as president, died from pneumonia in the bedroom at his home on Delaware Street in Indianapolis at age 67. The body of President Harrison lie in state in the rotunda of the State Capitol with services at the First Presbyterian Church and interment in the family plot at Crown Hill Cemetery. Physical reminders of Benjamin Harrison remain: There is only a marker at the birthplace site. The red brick house burned and the property passed from the family. After the fire, the family moved to another brick two-story farm house. This house deteriorated and was razed. The President Benjamin Harrison Home in Indianapolis is now a museum. It houses thousands of artifacts, books and Harrison artifacts as well as original furnishing.  (bio by: Donald Greyfield (inactive)) 
 
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 Parents:
  John Scott Harrison (1804 - 1878)
  Elizabeth Ramsey Irwin Harrison (1810 - 1850)
 
 Spouses:
  Caroline Scott Harrison (1832 - 1892)
  Mary Scott Lord Harrison (1858 - 1948)
 
 Children:
  Russell Benjamin Harrison (1854 - 1936)*
  Mary Scott Harrison McKee (1858 - 1930)*
  Stillborn Daughter Harrison (1861 - 1861)*
  Elizabeth Harrison Walker (1897 - 1955)*
 
 Siblings:
  Anna Harrison Morris (____ - 1926)*
  William Henry Harrison (1827 - 1829)**
  Archibald Harrison (1832 - 1870)*
  Benjamin Harrison (1833 - 1901)
  Anna Symmes Harrison (1837 - 1838)**
  John Irwin Harrison (1839 - 1839)*
  Carter Bassett Harrison (1840 - 1905)*
  Mary Harrison Sapp (1841 - 1905)*
  James Findlay Harrison (1847 - 1848)*
  James Irwin Harrison (1849 - 1850)*
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Crown Hill Cemetery
Indianapolis
Marion County
Indiana, USA
Plot: Lot 13
 
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I have some wonderful photos of Pres Harrison's burial site that were taken this week if anyone is interested in them...just email me :)
- Colleen Sanders Brown
 Added: Jul. 19, 2014

- Catoe4
 Added: Jul. 4, 2014
God Bless you Mr. President! Having you stolen and hung up makes us all ashamed of the thieves who did this. They should have been hung too IMHO. You made and make our Party Proud to be Americans from Sea to Sea.
-Anonymous
 Added: May. 30, 2014
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