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Benjamin Harrison (1833)

The grandson of a US president, Harrison practiced law in Indiana before leading a volunteer regiment in the Civil War. He made two unsuccessful bids for the Indiana governorship before gaining a seat in the US Senate. In the 1888 presidential election, he defeated incumbent US President Grover Cleveland, though Cleveland won the popular vote. His association with unpopular tariffs cost him an 1892 re-election and brought Cleveland back. Why did his children refuse to attend his second wedding? More...
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Benjamin Harrison (1833)
The grandson of a US president, Harrison practiced law in Indiana before leading a volunteer regiment in the Civil War. He made two unsuccessful bids for the Indiana governorship before gaining a seat in the US Senate. In the 1888 presidential election, he defeated incumbent US President Grover Cleveland, though Cleveland won the popular vote. His association with unpopular tariffs cost him an 1892 re-election and brought Cleveland back.
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Benjamin Harrison
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23rd President of the United States
In office
March 4, 1889 – March 4, 1893
Vice President Levi P. Morton
Preceded by Grover Cleveland
Succeeded by Grover Cleveland
United States Senator
from Indiana
In office
March 4, 1881 – March 3, 1887
Preceded by Joseph McDonald
Succeeded by David Turpie
Personal details
Born August 20, 1833
North Bend, Ohio, U.S.
Died March 13, 1901 (aged 67)
Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
Resting place Crown Hill Cemetery
Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
Political party Republican (1856–1901)
Other political
affiliations Whig Party (Before 1856)
Spouse(s)

Caroline Scott
(m. 1853; d. 1892)
Mary Scott Lord
(m. 1896; his death 1901)

Children

Russell Mary Elizabeth

Education

Farmer's College Miami University

Profession

Politician Lawyer

Signature Cursive signature in ink
Military service
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Union Army
Years of service 1862–1865
Rank Union Army colonel rank insignia.png Colonel
Union Army brigadier general rank insignia.svg Brevet Brigadier General
Unit Army of the Cumberland
Commands

70th Indiana Infantry Regiment
1st Brigade, 1st Division, XX Corps

Battles/wars American Civil War

Benjamin Harrison (August 20, 1833 – March 13, 1901) was an American politician and lawyer who served as the 23rd President of the United States from 1889 to 1893; he was the grandson of the ninth president, William Henry Harrison, creating the only grandfather-grandson duo to hold the office. Before ascending to the presidency, Harrison established himself as a prominent local attorney, Presbyterian church leader, and politician in Indianapolis, Indiana. During the American Civil War, he served in the Union Army as a colonel, and on February 14, 1865, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as a brevet brigadier general of volunteers, effective January 23, 1865. Harrison unsuccessfully ran for governor of Indiana in 1876. The Indiana General Assembly elected Harrison to a six-year term in the U.S. Senate, where he served from March 4, 1881 to March 3, 1887.

A Republican, Harrison was elected to the presidency in 1888, defeating the Democratic incumbent, Grover Cleveland. Hallmarks of Harrison's administration included unprecedented economic legislation, including the McKinley Tariff, which imposed historic protective trade rates, and the Sherman Antitrust Act. Harrison also facilitated the creation of the national forest reserves through an amendment to the Land Revision Act of 1891. During his administration six western states were admitted to the Union. In addition, Harrison substantially strengthened and modernized the U.S. Navy and conducted an active foreign policy, but his proposals to secure federal education funding as well as voting rights enforcement for African Americans were unsuccessful.

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The Widowed Niece



Mary Lord Dimmick was Caroline Harrison’s widowed niece. She became close to her “Uncle Ben” during his presidency.


With the Harrison family pretty well occupied, that only left Mary Lord Dimmick, Caroline’s widowed niece, at loose ends. She was thirty-something, and needed occupation for her time. With her Aunt Caroline constantly busy with White House remodeling, the DAR, her china painting, plus all her First Lady activities, Mary found a niche for herself as an ex-officio social secretary to her busy aunt. She helped with the correspondence and receptions, and occasionally filled in at appointments.

A Remarriage and An Estrangement

Mary Dimmick and Benjamin Harrison had no blood between them, but they had grown fairly close during those White House years. Harrison had a large house, and he did not wish to spend his remaining years alone. For Carrie’s niece to move in as his “housekeeper” or “ward” would have raised many eyebrows. Four years after Caroline died, the former president married Mary Lord Dimmick. He was in his middle-sixties, she in her late-thirities.

Russell and Mamie, Harrison’s children and Mary Dimmick’s blood first cousin, were scandalized. They were furious at their father’s actions, not so much that he wanted to remarry, but who he wanted to marry. They declined to attend the wedding of their father and their cousin, who was now their step-mother. A year later, when Harrison and his new bride had a baby, the estrangement of the family was complete and permanent.

Benjamin Harrison had grandchildren who were more than a decade older than his new baby Elizabeth, who was also their aunt.

Russell and Mamie never spoke to their father again. When Benjamin Harrison died a few years later, they never came to his funeral. And Mary Lord Dimmick Harrison lived to be nearly ninety.

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Perhaps a lesser known president, a Republican one-term president with progressive policies: "but his proposals to secure federal education funding as well as voting rights enforcement for African Americans were unsuccessful."
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