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Benjamin Harrison Biography and Facts For Kids


Benjamin Harrison was the 23rd President of the United States, serving one term from 1889 to 1893. Harrison, a grandson of President William Henry Harrison, was born in North Bend, Ohio, and moved to Indianapolis, Indiana at age 21, eventually becoming a prominent politician there. During the American Civil War, he served as a Brigadier General in the XX Corps of the Army of the Cumberland. After the war he unsuccessfully ran for the governorship of Indiana, and was later appointed to the U.S. Senate from that state. President Benjamin Harrison, though possibly the dullest personality ever to inhabit the White House, was nevertheless a competent enough president during one of the most eventful administrations of the late 19th century. The presidency of Benjamin Harrison attests that the office requires a breadth of personal qualities and political skills and that to fall short in some of these while being strong in others can be fatal to future electoral success.

Fun Facts And Trivia About Benjamin Harrison

When was Benjamin Harrison born: August 20, 1833
Where was Benjamin Harrison born: North Bend, OH
What was Benjamin Harrison’s job before becoming president: Lawyer
Who was Benjamin Harrison married to: Caroline Scott Harrison (1st wife), Mary Scott Lord Dimmick (2nd wife)
What number president was Benjamin Harrison: 23rd
What political party did Benjamin Harrison belong to: Republican
Who was Benjamin Harrison’s vice president: Levi P. Morton
When was Benjamin Harrison president: 1889-1893
How many terms did Benjamin Harrison serve as president: 1
When did Benjamin Harrison die: March 13, 1901
How old was Benjamin Harrison when he died: 67
Where is Benjamin Harrison buried: Indianapolis, IN

Benjamin Harrison Quotes

  • “I knew that my staying up would not change the election result if I were defeated, while if elected I had a hard day ahead of me. So I thought a night’s rest was best in any event. “
  • “I pity the man who wants a coat so cheap that the man or woman who produces the cloth will starve in the process.”
  • “We Americans have no commission from God to police the world. “
  • “Will it not be wise to allow the friendship between nations to rest upon deep and permanent things? Irritations of the cuticle must not be confounded with heart failure.”
  • “The bud of victory is always in the truth. “

Timeline Of The Life Of Benjamin Harrison

1833 Born in North Bend, Ohio on August 20th
1853 Married Caroline Lavinia Scott
1862-1864 Commanded a regiment of the Union Army
1881 Elected to the U.S. Senate
1888 Elected President of the United States
1889 The Eiffel Tower was dedicated to Paris
1889-1890 Nellie Bly a news reporter set a record by traveling around the world in 72 days
1892 Lost the re-election as President
1896 Married Mary Dimmick
1901 Died in Indianapolis on March 13th