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Benjamin Harrison Facts and Trivia

Birthday: August 20, 1833
Birthplace: North Bend, OH
College or University: Miami
Religion: Presbyterian
Occupation or Profession: Lawyer
Military Rank: (1 Star) Brevet Brigadier General of Volunteers
Married: Caroline Scott Harrison (1st wife -died in 1892)
Mary Scott Lord Dimmick (2nd wife - married in 1896)
Children:
With Caroline Scott Harrison:
- Russell Benjamin Harrison
- Mary Scott Harrison McKee

With Mary Scott Lord Dimmick
- Elizabeth Harrison Walker
President number: 23rd
Political Party: Republican
Runner Up: Grover Cleveland
Vice President: Levi P. Morton
Age at Inauguration: 55
Served: 1889-1893
Number of terms: 1
Other Offices or Commissions: U.S. Senator
Died: March 13, 1901 in Indianapolis, IN
Age at Death: 67
Place of Burial: Indianapolis, IN

Other Interesting Facts and Trivia:

- William Henry Harrison (9th president of the U.S.) is Benjamin Harrison's grandfather. Like his grandfather, he studied law.

- Harrison had seven brothers and sisters.

- During the Civil War, he became a brigadier general and fought for the Union.

- Harrison fought for the rights of Native Americans and Civil War veterans.

- Six new states joined the Union during Harrison's presidency - the most of any president's term.

- Harrison worked to pass the Sherman Antitrust Act. It was a law to protect people from high prices of big companies.

- Harrison was only 5 feet 6 inches tall. Democrats called him "Little Ben."

- Harrison ran for president with a "front porch campaign." He stayed in Indianapolis and had political talks with reporters from there.

- Benjamin Harrison was the first president to have electricity in the White House.

 
 

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