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Compatriot President: Benjamin Harrison

President Benjamin HarrisonBenjamin Harrison


23rd President of the US


Benjamin Harrison served for one term from 1889 to 1893 as the 23rd President.  He was born on August 20, 1833, at his grandfather’s farm near North Bend, OH.  He was the grandson of William Henry Harrison, 9th President of the US, and great grand-son of Benjamin Harrison, Signer of the Declaration of Independence.  Benjamin Harrison’s term as President came between the two terms of Grover Cleveland.  
The New Jersey Society SAR was organized on March 7, 1889 in Newark, NJ, and many patriotic men answered the recruiting bugle.  The first public activity of the new Society was on April 29, 1889, at Elizabeth, NJ, when President Harrison visited Elizabeth on his journey to New York City for the Centennial ceremonies of George Washington’s Inauguration as the first President.  At a reception by NJ Governor Green at his home the individual members of the new Society were presented to the President.  Later the Society members served as an Honor Escort for the President from the Governor’s residence to the wharf where he boarded a barge for New York City.
President Harrison’s wife, Caroline Scott Harrison, was elected as the first President General of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  Caroline Harrison and Rutherford B. Hayes’s wife, Lucy Webb Hayes, were cousins.  President Hayes died in Indianapolis, IN, on March 13, 1901 at the age of 67.  He is buried in Indianapolis, IN.
Harrison has had numerous institutions named in his honor:  The Benjamin Harrison Law School in Indianapolis, a 1942 United States Liberty ship named the SS Benjamin Harrison, and a US Army post, Fort Benjamin Harrison, in Indianapolis.