23. Benjamin Harrison

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“The Human Iceberg”

  • Full Name: Benjamin Harrison
  • Years in Office: 1889–1893
  • Political Party: Republican
  • Nicknames: “The Human Iceberg,” “Kid Gloves Harrison,” “Little Ben”
  • Age at Inauguration: 55
  • Vice President: Levi P. Morton
  • Birth: August 20, 1833 in North Bend, Ohio
  • Death: March 13, 1901 in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Place of Burial: Crown Hill Cemetery – Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Height: 5’6”
  • Ancestry: English-Scotch
  • Father: John Scott Harrison (1804–1878); Farmer, U.S. congressman
  • Mother: Elizabeth Irwin Harrison (1810–1850)
  • First Wife: Caroline (Carrie) Lavinia Scott (October 1, 1832 – October 25, 1892)
  • First Marriage: October 20, 1853 in Oxford, Ohio
  • Second Wife: Mary Scott Lord Dimmick (April 30, 1858 – January 5, 1948)
  • Second Marriage: April 6, 1896 in New York City, New York
  • Children:
    • From First Wife: Russell Benjamin (1854–1936); Mary Scott (1858–1930)
    • From Second Wife: Elizabeth (1898–1955)
  • Home: Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Education: Private tutoring; Attended Farmers’ College; Received B.A. from Miami University (1852)
  • Religious Affiliation: Presbyterian
  • Military Service: Yes
  • Career:
    • Lawyer (1853–)
    • City Attorney, Indianapolis (1857–1861)
    • Reporter, Indiana Supreme Court (1861–1862)
    • Officer in Civil War (1862–1865)
    • Brigadier General (1865)
    • U.S. Senator (1881–1887)
    • President (1889–1893)
  • Writings: This Country is Ours; Views of an Ex-President

Campaign Poster

 

Benjamin Harrison, chromolithograph, c. 1890s

(Library of Congress)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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