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Benjamin Harrison


Born at North Bend, Ohio. He was grandson of William Henry Harrison, the 9th President. Graduated from Miami University at Oxford, Ohio in 1852. Married Caroline Lavinia Scott October 20, 1853.

Admitted to the bar and practiced law in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1854. Elected City Attorney in 1857.

Commissioned a second lieutenant and joined the 70th Indiana Regiment in 1862. Took part in campaigns in Kentucky and Tennessee. He served with General Sherman in the Nashville campaign, the march to Atlanta and the march through the Carolinas. He was promoted to commander of a brigade. He earned distinction in the battles of Kennesaw Mountain, Peach Tree Creek and Nashville. Practiced law 1867 to 1880.

Elected to the Senate and served March 4, 1881, to March 3, 1887. Harrison was nominated for 23rd President in 1888 and won the election over incumbent Grover Cleveland. He served March 4, 1889, to March 3, 1893. In 1892 he ran for reelection but was defeated by Cleveland.

His first wife died in 1892. On April 6, 1896, he married Mary Scott Dimmick, a niece of his first wife. Harrison died of pneumonia, the same disease that claimed his grandfather, in Indianapolis.

Harrison appears on paper money:

$5 National Bank Notes, third charter

Harrison appears on a Presidential medal (Julian PR-24) with dies by Charles E. Barber. A modern copy (USM 123) was sold by the mint. He also appears on an oval Indian Peace Medal (Julian IP-47; USM 632). The obverse die was by Charles E. Barber. The reverse reused the earlier die by George Morgan. This was the last in the series of Indian Peace Medals.

Harrison appears on the Assay Commission Medal for 1890 (AC-33), 1892 (AC- 36) and 1893 (AC-37). The obverse was by Charles Barber; the reverse by George Morgan. The Benramin Harrison presidential dollar coin was released August 16, 2012. The obverse was designed and sculpted by Phoebe Hemphill.

bio: ApCAB; BDC; BDEB; DAB; EAB; Failor; Limpert; NCAB 1; TCBDA; WAB; WWWA-1

Source credit: Pete Smith, American Numismatic Biographies


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