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Benjamin Harrison collection

 Collection
Identifier: L063

Scope and Contents

The bulk of the collection consists of invoices and receipts for Benjamin Harrison’s personal and household expenses in Indianapolis, Indiana (1893-1897) and for expenses incurred in the construction of his Indianapolis home (1874-1875).

The correspondence includes Harrison’s letter (1896-1900) to his law partner, W. H. H. Miller, regarding Republican Party politics, Harrison’s work in the Venezuelan boundary dispute, investments, and family and personal matters; letters regarding a federal appointment for his son, Russell B. Harrison (1875-1881); letters and invitations relating to the Harrison’s social life in Washington, D.C. (1889-1893); copies of letters to Judge R. S. Taylor; and scattered letters regarding politics and Harrison’s writings. Other items include notebooks containing names and notes on political supporters (1881); campaign materials and programs from Harrison’s presidential campaign and inauguration (1888-1889); two articles written by Harrison about life in the White House (1897); biographical pamphlets printed during his presidential campaign and shortly after he was elected (1888-1889); and the “Catalogue of Library and Index to Vocal and Instrumental Music” by Lizzie S. Lord, Caroline Scott Harrison’s niece (1866).

The collection is organized into correspondence, speeches, other printed materials, and financial records. The correspondence, speeches, and financial records are organized chronologically as is each type of printed material.

Dates

  • 1852-1900

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Benjamin Harrison was born on August 20, 1833, in North Bend, Ohio. His father, John Scott Harrison, was a U.S. Representative from Ohio, and his grandfather was William Henry Harrison, ninth President of the United States. Benjamin Harrison was raised in Ohio and attended Miami University (Oxford, Ohio). After graduating in 1852, Harrison studied law for two years at a Cincinnati law firm. In 1853, he married Caroline Scott with whom he had two children, Russell and Mary.

After a year of marriage, the Harrisons moved to Indianapolis, Indiana, where Benjamin Harrison established a law firm. In 1855, he joined the practice of William Wallace (father of Lew Wallace). He was elected Indianapolis City Attorney in 1857. He also served as reporter for the Indiana Supreme Court. In 1862, Oliver P. Morton asked Harrison to recruit men for the 70th Indiana Volunteers. Harrison served throughout the Civil War and reached the rank of Brigadier General. From 1874 to 1889, he was the law partner of William Henry Harrison Miller. Harrison was narrowly defeated in the 1876 gubernatorial election by James Williams. In 1879, he was appointed a member of the Mississippi River Commission. He served three terms as a U.S. Senator (1881-1887).

In 1888, he was elected President of the United States. Among his accomplishments were the first Pan American Congress and the Sherman Anti-Trust Act. Towards the end of his term, his wife Caroline died of tuberculosis. Harrison failed to win reelection in 1892, perhaps partially due to his distraction from the campaign when his wife died. After leaving office, he returned to Indianapolis and his law practice. In 1896, he married Caroline’s niece, Mary Lord Dimmick. He served as senior counsel for Venezuela in its boundary dispute with Great Britain before an arbitration tribunal in Paris (1899). He remained an active writer and lecturer until his death on March 13, 1901, of pneumonia.

Sources:

University of Virginia. "Benjamin Harrison." Miller Center of Public Affairs. Accessed March 2, 2006. https://millercenter.org/president/bharrison.

United States Congress. "Harrison, Benjamin (1833-1901)." Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed March 2, 2006. https://bioguideretro.congress.gov/Home/MemberDetails?memIndex=h000263.

"Harrison Family." President Benjamin Harrison Home. Accessed March 2, 2006. https://bhpsite.org.

Extent

1.3 Cubic Feet (4 manuscript boxes, 2 oversize folders)

Arrangement

This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts from multiple purchases.

Accruals

No further additions are expected.

Item List

Box 1, Folder 1. Correspondence, 1858-1880 and Speeches, 1882-1898

1858 July 27 Harrison, Benjamin to Will Cumback, typed copy, 2 p.

1862 Dec. 22 Harrison, Benjamin to Secretary of State of Indiana, ALS, 1 p.

1863 Sept. 28 Harrison, Benjamin to Governor Oliver P. Morton, ALS, 1 p.

1864 July 8 Harrison, Caroline Scott to her brother, ALS

1875 Dec. 11 Bristow, B. H. (Secretary of the Treasury) to Benjamin Harrison, ALS

1878 July 11 Linderman, H. R. to Benjamin Harrison, LS, 2 p.

1878 Dec. 14 Conkling, Senator Roscoe to Benjamin Harrison, LS

1879 Apr. 14 Burchard, Horatio C. (Director of the Mint) to Benjamin Harrison, ALS

1880 Oct. 16 Harrison, Benjamin to R. S. Taylor, Photostat copy of ALS, 2 p.

1880 Nov. 13 Harrison, Benjamin to R. S. Taylor, Photostat copy of ALS, 4 p.

1880 Dec. 2 Harrison, Benjamin to R. S. Taylor, Photostat copy of ALS, 3 p.

1880 Dec. 14 Harrison, Benjamin to R. S. Taylor, Photostat copy of ALS, 3 p.

1880 Dec. 29 Harrison, Benjamin to R. S. Taylor, Photostat copy of ALS, 2 p.

Box 1, Folder 2. Correspondence, 1881-1882

1881 Feb. 11 Harrison, Benjamin to R. S. Taylor, Photostat copy of ALS

1881 Mar. 10 Miller, Senator John F. to Benjamin Harrison, LS

1881 Mar. 19 Harrison, Benjamin to R. S. Taylor, Photostat copy of LS, 2 p.

1881 Apr. 7 Harrison, Benjamin to R. S. Taylor, Photostat copy of LS, 3 p.

1881 Apr. 22 Harrison, Benjamin to Col. K. G. Shryock, LS

1881 July 14 Davidson, Thomas to Benjamin Harrison, Photostat copy of ALS, 1 p.

1881 July 16 Harrison, Benjamin to R. S. Taylor, Photostat copy of ALS

1881 Oct. 21 Harrison, Benjamin to R. S. Taylor, Photostat copy of ALS, 2 p.

1881 Oct. 27 Harrison, Benjamin to R. S. Taylor, Photostat copy of ALS, 4 p.

1881 Dec. 6 Harrison, Benjamin to R. S. Taylor, Photostat copy of LS, 2 p.

1881 Dec. 14 Harrison, Benjamin to R. S. Taylor, Photostat copy of LS, 2 p.

1882 Jan. 5 Harrison, Benjamin to R. S. Taylor, Photostat copy of LS, 2 p.

1882 Jan. 14 Harrison, Benjamin to R. S. Taylor, Photostat copy of LS, 2 p.

1882 Feb. 1 Harrison, Benjamin to R. S. Taylor, Photostat copy of ALS, 2 p.

1882 May 26 Harrison, Benjamin to L. T. Michener, typed copy

1882 June 5 Windom, Senator William to Russell B. Harrison, ALS

1882 June 24 Harrison, Benjamin to R. S. Taylor, Photostat copy of LS

1882 Aug. 2 Harrison, Benjamin to R. S. Taylor, Photostat copy of ALS, 2 p.

1882 Aug. 28 Harrison, Benjamin to R. S. Taylor, Photostat copy of LS, 2 p.

1882 Nov. 13 Harrison, Benjamin to R. S. Taylor, Photostat copy of LS

1882 Dec. 8 Harrison, Benjamin to L. T. Michener, typed copy

1882 Dec. 12 Harrison, Benjamin to R. S. Taylor, Photostat copy of LS

1882 Dec. 30 Harrison, Benjamin to L. T. Michener, typed copy

Box 1, Folder 3. Correspondence, 1883-1885

1883 Jan. 31 Harrison, Benjamin to S. F. Lockridge, typed copy, 2 p.

1883 Feb. 28 Harrison, Benjamin to R. S. Taylor, Photostat copy of LS, 2 p.

1883 Nov. 20 Harrison, Benjamin to R. S. Taylor, Photostat copy of LS

1883 Dec. 12 Harrison, Benjamin to R. S. Taylor, Photostat copy of LS

1883 Dec. 15 Harrison, Benjamin to H. D. Rogers, LS

1884 Feb. 16 Harrison, Benjamin to L. T. Michener, typed copy

1884 Feb. 18 Harrison, Benjamin to L. T. Michener, typed copy

1884 Feb. 20 Harrison, Benjamin to R. S. Taylor, Photostat copy of LS, 2 p.

1884 Feb. 27 Harrison, Benjamin to L. T. Michener, typed copy

1884 Mar. 28 Harrison, Benjamin to R. S. Taylor, Photostat copy of ALS, 2 p.

1884 Apr. 17 Harrison, Benjamin to R. S. Taylor, Photostat copy of ALS, 3 p.

1884 June 21 Harrison, Benjamin to General George B. Williams, ALS

1884 July 9 Evans, Walter to Benjamin Harrison, Photostat copy of LS, 3 p.

1884 July 22 Harrison, Benjamin to R. S. Taylor, Photostat copy of LS

1884 July 31 Harrison, Benjamin to R. S. Taylor, Photostat copy of ALS

1884 Aug. 1 Harrison, Benjamin to R. S. Taylor, Photostat copy of ALS, 2 p.

1885 Feb. 27 Harrison, Benjamin to R. S. Taylor, Photostat copy of LS

1885 Mar. 7 Harrison, Benjamin to R. S. Taylor, ALS

1885 Dec. 5 Harrison, Benjamin to R. S. Taylor, Photostat copy of LS, 2 p.

1885 Dec. 12 Harrison, Benjamin to R. S. Taylor, Photostat copy of LS

Box 1, Folder 4. Correspondence, 1886-1888

1886 Jan. 12 Harrison, Benjamin to Lucius Embree, LS

1886 Feb. 27 Harrison, Benjamin to Lucius Embree, LS

1886 Mar. 11 Harrison, Benjamin to R. S. Taylor, Photostat copy of LS

1886 Mar. 27 Harrison, Benjamin to R. S. Taylor, Photostat copy of LS, 2 p.

1886 Apr. 5 Harrison, Benjamin to R. S. Taylor, Photostat copy of LS

1886 Apr. 7 Harrison, Benjamin to unknown recipient, Photostat copy of LS

1886 Apr. 14 Harrison, Benjamin to R. S. Taylor, Photostat copy of LS

1886 June 20 Harrison, Benjamin to R. S. Taylor, Photostat copy of ALS, 3 p.

1886 Dec. 30 Harrison, Benjamin to R. S. Taylor, ALS

1888 June 28 Haymond, Creed to Benjamin Harrison, telegram

1888 July 10 Harrison, Benjamin to Gen. Nathan Kimball, TLS

1888 Aug. 16 Harrison, Benjamin to R. S. Taylor, Photostat copy of TLS

1888 Oct. 9 Harrison, Benjamin to J. S. Clarkson, TLS, 2 p.

1888 Nov. 15 Harrison, Benjamin to R. S. Taylor, Photostat copy of TNS

1888 Nov 29 Belz, Lizzie to Benjamin Harrison, ALS with enclosed certificate from Commonwealth of Virginia signed by Harrison’s great-grandfather

Box 1, Folder 5. Correspondence, 1889

1889 Jan. 17 Harrison, Benjamin to Senator W. B. Allison, typed copy

1889 Jan. 17 Harrison, Benjamin to Senator W. B. Allison, typed copy

1889 Feb. 4 Harrison, Benjamin to Senator W. B. Allison, typed copy

1889 Feb. 18 Harrison, Benjamin to President Grover Cleveland, typed copy

1889 Mar. 18 Platt, O. H. to R. S. Taylor, Photostat copy of TLS, 2 p.

1889 Mar. 28 Committee on Centennial Celebration of the Inauguration of George Washington to Benjamin Harrison, typed copy

1889 June 10 Halford, E. M. to R. S. Taylor, Photostat copy of TLS

1889 July 23 Harrison, Benjamin to R. S. Taylor, Photostat copy of ALS, 2 p.

1889 Aug. 15 Caubert A. to Benjamin Harrison, ANS with enclosed printed letter from Vice President L. P. Morton to Caubert

1889 Nov. 11 Hubbell, O. Z. to S. B. Elkins, TL, 2 p.

1889 Dec. 2 Acknowledgement of receipt of 30 copies of the President’s message signed by William Henry Smith

1889 Dec. Executive Mansion to the Senate and House of Representatives (duplicate)

1889 Taylor, R. S. to Benjamin Harrison, Photostat copy of AL, 6 p.

Box 1, Folder 6. Correspondence, 1890-1892

1890 Apr. 9 Gomez, Jose Sanchez (El Capitan General de la Isla de Cuba) to Russell B. Harrison, LS

1890 Nov. 17 Harrison, Benjamin to Howard Cale, typed copy

1891 Feb. 7 Halford, E. M. to George Alfred Townsend, TLS

1891 Feb. 23 Miller, Attorney General W. H. H. to Benjamin Harrison, ALS

1891 Feb. 24 Huston, J. N. to Benjamin Harrison, typed copy

1891 Mar. 20 Halford, E. M. to George Alfred Townsend, TLS

1891 Apr. 13 Harrison, Benjamin to J. N. Huston, duplicate copy

1891 July 13 Morgan, T. J. to the Archbishop of Ireland, TLS

1891 Oct. 19 Huntington, John[?] to Mrs. Harrison, ALS

1891 Dec. 10 Hawley, Joseph R. to Mrs. Harrison, ALS

1891 Dec. 15 Edmundson[?], George to Benjamin Harrison, ALS

1892 Jan. 28 Fuller, Melville W. to Benjamin Harrison, LS

1892 Mar. 10 Harrison, Benjamin to Whitelaw Reid, typed copy, 2 p.

1892 Mar. 10 Harrison, Benjamin to Whitelaw Reid, typed copy

1892 Mar. 17 Harrison, Benjamin to William F. Wharton, duplicate copy

1892 Mar. 17 Harrison, Benjamin to William F. Wharton, typed copy, 2 p.

1892 June 10 Acklan, W. H. to Russell B. Harrison, ALS

1892 June 11 Cook, George M. to Russell B. Harrison, ALS

1892 June 24 Harrison, H. J. to Russell B. Harrison, ALS

1892 Oct. 11 Halford. E. M. to Mrs. Russell B. Harrison, telegram

Box 1, Folder 7. Correspondence, 1893-1898

1893 July 28 Harrison, Benjamin to W. H. H. Miller, ALS

1893 Aug. 5 Ford, Austin E. to Russell B. Harrison, ALS

1894 Aug. 25 Harrison, Benjamin to W. H. H. Miller, ALS

1895 Dec. 14 Lenic[?], Mrs. Clay to Benjamin Harrison, ALS

1896 July 14 - Nov. 9 Transcript of letters regarding the Venezuelan boundary dispute with England

1896 Aug. 6 Harrison, Benjamin to W. H. H. Miller, ALS

1896 Aug. 16 Harrison, Benjamin to W. H. H. Miller, ALS, 2 p.

1896 Aug. 29 Harrison, Benjamin to W. H. H. Miller, TLS

1896 Sept. 5 Harrison, Benjamin to W. H. H. Miller, TLS

1896 Sept. 14 Harrison, Benjamin to W. H. H. Miller, ALS

1896 Sept. 9 Harrison, Benjamin to W. H. H. Miller, LS

1896 Sept. 25 Harrison, Benjamin to W. H. H. Miller, ALS

1896 Oct. 27 Harrison, Benjamin to W. T. Durbin, telegram

1897 July 27 Harrison, Benjamin to W. H. H. Miller, TLS

1897 Aug. 5 Harrison, Benjamin to W. H. H. Miller, TLS

1897 Aug. 13 Harrison, Benjamin to W. H. H. Miller, TLS

1897 Aug. 30 Harrison, Benjamin to W. H. H. Miller, TLS

1898 Aug. 1 Harrison, Benjamin to W. H. H. Miller, TLS

1898 Aug. 4 Harrison, Benjamin to W. H. H. Miller, TLS

1898 Aug. 23 Harrison, Benjamin to W. H. H. Miller, TLS, 2 p.

1898 Sept. 22 Harrison, Benjamin to W. H. H. Miller, TLS

1898 Oct. 7 Harrison, Benjamin to W. H. H. Miller, TLS

1898 Oct. 19 Harrison, Benjamin to W. H. H. Miller, TLS

Box 1, Folder 8. Correspondence, 1899-1900, undated

1899 Feb. 2 Webster, Richard E. to Severo Mallet-Prevost, typed copy, 5 p.

1899 May 15 Harrison, Benjamin to W. H. H. Miller, ALS

1899 May 27 Harrison, Benjamin to W. H. H. Miller, ALS

1899 June 8 Harrison, Benjamin to W. H. H. Miller, TLS, 2 p.

1899 June 23 Harrison, Benjamin to W. H. H. Miller, TLS, 3 p.

1899 July 25 Harrison, Benjamin to W. H. H. Miller, TLS, 3 p.

1899 Aug. 28 Harrison, Benjamin to W. H. H. Miller, TLS, 2 p.

1899 Sept. 28 Harrison, Benjamin to W. H. H. Miller, ALS

1899 Oct. 7 Harrison, Benjamin to W. H. H. Miller, ALS

1900 Aug. 22 Harrison, Benjamin to W. H. H. Miller, TLS, 3 p.

1900 Aug. 29 Harrison, Benjamin to W. H. H. Miller, ALS

1900 Sept. 6 Harrison, Benjamin to W. H. H. Miller, ALS

1900 Sept. 18 Harrison, Benjamin to W. H. H. Miller, ALS

1900 Sept. 26 Harrison, Benjamin to W. H. H. Miller, ALS

1900 Sept. 28 Harrison, Benjamin to W. H. H. Miller, ALS

Mar. 2 de Mendonca, Marie to Mrs. Harrison, ALS

July 29 White, H. to Benjamin Harrison, ANS

undated Blaine, Harriet to Mrs. Harrison, ALS

undated Butterfield, Dave[?] to Russell[?] B. Harrison, ALS

undated Logan, Mary S. to Mrs. Harrison, ANS

Box 1, Folder 9

9. Notebooks, 1881

10. Speeches, 1882-Feb. 1886

11. Speeches, Mar.-Sept. 1886

12. Speeches, 1888

13. Speeches, 1891

14. Speeches, 1892

15. Speeches, 1893-1896

16. Speeches, 1897-1898

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed by Christina Baich during February 2006. Finding aid revised by Brittany Kropf on 2015/11/06.
Title
Benjamin Harrison collection
Status
Completed
Description rules
dacs

Repository Details

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