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 John Scott Harrison

John Scott Harrison

Birth
Vincennes, Knox County, Indiana, USA
Death 25 May 1878 (aged 73)
North Bend, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
Burial North Bend, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
Memorial ID 8624 · View Source
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Son of President William Henry Harrison, Father of President Benjamin Harrison. He was born in Vincennes, Ohio. John Harrison graduated from law school valedictorian of his class. He was forced back to the family farm to manage affairs. His father gave him 600 acres bordering his own vast estate dubbed with the name "The Point Farm." He was left with three children when his first wife died. Harrison married a second time. He was a member of the 33rd and 34th Congress but was unsuccessful for reelection retiring to "Point Farm." Their existence was tied to the rise and fall of the Ohio River. Barely navigable in dry season and then in the spring it was turbulent and destructive washing away land and buildings. Their second child was Benjamin, the future president was born at the "Big House" the resident of his grandfather, President William Harrison. It was a relentless struggle for the family of nine children to survive. John's wife Elizabeth died while Benjamin was away at school. Money was so tight, he seriously doubted that he could keep the two oldest boys in school. The family was laid low due to illnesses, cholera, smallpox, typhoid and dysentery. John Harrison was well along the road to financial ruin, but managed to send his son Ben to Miami University at Oxford, Ohio. He died at home at the age of seventy three. Following the funeral, the family accompanied the body to the Congress Green Cemetery, where the Harrison family plot overlooked the Ohio River. Prior to burial, they discovered a nearby body was missing from an uprooted gravesite. A decision was made to hide the body of John Scott Harrison. Benjamin supervised the lowering of his father in a secret grave, an eight foot excavation was made secure by placement of concrete slabs around the remains and two watchmen were hired. Ben was determined his father's body would be safe and returned to Indianapolis. The oldest son, John Harrison Jr. set about solving the mystery of the missing body. Grave robbing and selling the remains to a research facility was commonplace. A tip led him to the Ohio Medical School in Cincinnati where instead of finding the missing corpse, located his father who it was thought safely buried just 24 hours before. The body was briefly interred in a temporary vault at Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati. Some time later he was reinterred securely in the vault of his father, President William Henry Harrison, at North Bend, down the road from Congress Green Cemetery. Not much remains: The Harrison residence "The Point," which was a brick two-story farm house located on the six hundred acre farm in North Bend deteriorated and was razed in 1959 despite attempts by the Daughters of the American Revolution to save it. It was here that the mother of John Harrison after the "Big House," on the President William Harrison estate, was destroyed by fire and came to live with her son and where she died.

Bio by: Donald Greyfield



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  • Added: 2 Mar 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8624
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Scott Harrison (4 Oct 1804–25 May 1878), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8624, citing William Henry Harrison Tomb State Memorial, North Bend, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .