23rd President of the United States
(March 4, 1889 to March 3, 1893
Full Name: Benjamin Harrison
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)
Education: Graduated from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio (1852)
Political Party: Republican
Other Government Positions:
- United States Senator, 1881-87
Presidential Salary: $50,000/year
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)
- Benjamin Harrison -- from The Presidents of the United States of America
- Compiled by the White House.
- 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.
1 / 2Benjamin Harrison#23 Benjamin HarrisonAmerica's Presidents - Benjamin HarrisonBenjamin Harrison | 60-Second Presidents | PBSOldest Known Recording of a US President1 / 2
Points of Interest:
- Harrison was the first grandson of a president to become president.
- Harrison was the first president to use electricity in the White House, installed by Edison General Electric Company. However, he and his wife would not touch the light switches for fear of being electrocuted and often went to bed with the lights left on.
- During Harrison’s administration, Congress appropriated $1 billion in annual spending for the first time.