Benjamin Harrison
By Zoey and Niya


Date of Birth: August 20, 1833
His Wives: Caroline Lavinia Scott & Mary Dimmick
3 Children: Russell Benjamin, Mary, & Elizabeth
Date of Death: March 13, 1901
Harrison's Parents: Scott & Elizabeth Irwin Harrison

Early Life

Benjamin Harrison was born on August 20, 1833 in North Bend, Ohio as the second of ten children to Scott and Elizabeth Irwin Harrison. He spent his childhood on his grandfather's farm. His grandfather's name was William Henry who was a governor. He was the grandson of the ninth president. He attended farmers college,and later graduated from Miami University.


Benjamin Harrison was admitted to the bar in 1854. Later on they moved to Indianapolis with his wife and three children. In Indianapolis he studied to be a lawyer and earned $2.50 a day as court crier. Benjamin also taught Sunday School. He had 2 children, Russell Benjamin (1854-1936) and Mary (1858-1930). He ran for city attorney successfully. He was an army commander for 3 years and he was in the Civil War.


Harrison lost a presidential election to Mr.Clevland. he had a porch campaign in front of his home. After, republicans nominated Harrison because of his war record.Benjamin Harrison promised the people that he would extend the civil service laws to cover more job,and he kept his promise and increased the number of classified positions from 27,000-38,000. the republicans renominated Harrison in 1892, and after,was elected president of the U.S.A IN 1888. While he was President Harrison 6 states were added: Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Washington, Idaho, and Wyoming. While president he signed the Sherman Antitrust Act. He was 55 when he became president and served from 1889 to 1893.

After Presidency

In 1896 he married Mary Dimmick after Mrs. Harrison died 2 weeks before the national elections. In 1897 he wrote "This Country of Ours" book and President Harrison died in his home on March 13th, 1901. They had a daughter named Elizabeth.

Fun Facts

-Benjamin Harrison was named after his uncle.
-His nickname was "The Human IceBerg", he was called that because he was cold and not friendly.
-First president to have electricity in the White House.
-He went to sleep with his lights on.
-First president to loose an election to the previous president.
-He died when he was 67 years old.
-Died of pneumonia
-quoted " Great lives never go out; they go on"
-His vice president was Levi Marton.
-5 ft 6 in tall
-Benjamin's great-grandfather signed Declaration of Independence
-23rd president