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Benjamin Harrison

23rd President of the United States
(March 4, 1889 to March 3, 1893

Nicknames: "Kid Gloves Harrison"; "Little Ben"

Born: August 20, 1833, in North Bend, Ohio
Died: March 13, 1901, in Indianapolis, Indiana

Father: John Scott Harrison
Mother: Elizabeth Ramsey Irwin Harrison
Married: Caroline Lavinia Scott (1832-1892), on October 20, 1853; Mary Scott Lord Dimmick (1858-1948), on April 6, 1896
Children: Russell Benjamin Harrison (1854-1936); Mary Scott Harrison (1858-1930); Elizabeth Harrison (1897-1955)

Religion: Presbyterian
Education: Graduated from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio (1852)
Occupation: Lawyer
Political Party: Republican
Other Government Positions:

  • United States Senator, 1881-87

Presidential Salary: $50,000/year

Presidential Election Results:



Popular Votes

Electoral Votes


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James B. Weaver



Vice President Levi P. Morton (1889-93)


Secretary of State

James G. Blaine (1889-92)

John W. Foster (1892-93)

Secretary of the Treasury

William Windom (1889-91)

Charles Foster (1891-93)

Secretary of War

Redfield Proctor (1889-91)

Stephen B. Elkins (1891-93)

Attorney General

William H. H. Miller (1889-93)

Postmaster General

John Wanamaker (1889-93)

Secretary of the Navy

Benjamin F. Tracy (1889-93)

Secretary of the Interior

John W. Noble (1889-93)

Secretary of Agriculture

Jeremiah M. Rusk (1889-93)

Points of Interest:

Internet Biographies:

Benjamin Harrison -- from The Presidents of the United States of America

Compiled by the White House.

Benjamin Harrison -- from Table of Presidents and Vice Presidents of the United States - MSN Encarta

An encyclopedia entry from MSN Encarta.

Benjamin Harrison -- from The American President

From the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, in addition to information on the Presidents themselves, they have first lady and cabinet member biographies, listings of presidential staff and advisers, and timelines detailing significant events in the lives of each administration.

Benjamin Harrison's Obituary -- from Dead Presidents

The text from page 1 of The New York Times, March 14, 1901. Placed on the web by Manus Hand.

Historical Documents:

Inaugural Address (1889)

Other Internet Resources:

The President Benjamin Harrison Home

Tourist information available as well as short biographies of Harrison and his two wives. Located in Indianapolis, Indiana.




Benjamin Harrison

23rd President of the United States
(March 4, 1889 to March 3, 1893


Caroline Harrison