Scope and Contents
The collection contains three scrapbooks of clippings compiled by Harrison’s son, Russell. The clippings document the death of Benjamin Harrison. A fourth scrapbook contains clippings regarding Harrison’s Southern Tour of the United States in the Spring of 1891. There are items related to various memorials to Benjamin Harrison following his death as well as a short biographical pamphlet and information on a full-length biography written by Harry Sievers in the 1950s.
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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 of 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. 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
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 remained an active writer and lecturer until his
death on March 13, 1901, of pneumonia.
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