Benjamin Harrison

Benjamin Harrison, studio photograph by the Pach Brothers, in 1896

Date of Birth: August 20, 1833

Place of Birth: North Bend, Ohio, U.S.

Date of Death: March 13, 1901

Place of Death: Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.

Ethnicity: English, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish

Benjamin Harrison was an American politician. As a member of the Republican Party, he served as the 23rd President of the United States, from March 4, 1889 to March 4, 1893. He was elected to the position in 1888. He was previously a U.S. Senator from Indiana, from March 4, 1881 to March 4, 1887.

He was the Republican Party’s nominee for re-election as President of the United States in 1892.

President Harrison was the son of Elizabeth Ramsey (Irwin) and John Scott Harrison, who was a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio, from March 4, 1853 to March 3, 1857. His paternal grandfather was William Henry Harrison, who was the ninth President of the United States, from March 4, 1841 until his death in office on April 4, 1841. The two Harrisons are the only U.S. Presidents to have been grandfather and grandson.

President Harrison’s father was of English descent. His mother had Scots-Irish/Northern Irish and Scottish ancestry.

He was married to Caroline Lavinia (Scott), with whom he had two children, and, after her death, to Mary Dimmick Harrison, with whom he had a daughter.

President Harrison and his grandfather William Henry Harrison were the first grandfather-and-grandson U.S. president duo. There have been two father-and-son U.S. president duos, John Adams and John Quincy Adams, and George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush.

President Harrison’s paternal grandfather was William Henry Harrison (the son of Benjamin Harrison V and Elizabeth Bassett). President William Henry Harrison was born in Berkeley Plantation, Charles City Co., Virginia, and was of entirely English ancestry. His own father, also named Benjamin, was a prominent revolutionary leader and Founding Father of the United States, who was the fifth Governor of Virginia, from 1781 to 1784; he was the son of Benjamin Harrison IV and Anne Carter, whose own mother was from Credenhill, Herefordshire, England. President Harrison’s great-grandmother Elizabeth Bassett was the daughter of William Bassett IV and Elizabeth Churchill, whose father was English, from North Aston, Oxfordshire. President William Henry Harrison’s parents were second cousins, through their shared Burwell ancestors.

President Harrison’s paternal grandmother was Anna Tuthill Symmes (the daughter of John Cleves Symmes and Anna Tuthill). President Harrison’s grandmother Anna was born in Flatbrookville, Walpack Township, New Jersey. John was the son of Timothy Symmes, Jr. and Mary Cleves. Anna was the daughter of Henry Tuthill and Phebe/Phoebe Horton.

President Harrison’s maternal grandfather was Archibald Irwin III (the son of Archibald Irwin, Jr. and Jane/Jean McDowell). President Harrison’s grandfather Archibald was born in Pennsylvania. President Harrison’s great-grandfather Archibald was born in Northern Ireland, the son of Archibald Irwin. Jane was the daughter of William McDowell and Mary, who were born in Northern Ireland.

President Harrison’s maternal grandmother was Mary “Polly” Ramsey (the daughter of James Ramsey, Jr. and Elizabeth Porter). Mary “Polly” was born in Pennsylvania. James was the son of James Ramsey. Elizabeth was possibly the daughter of William Porter and Sarah Percival.

President Harrison was a third cousin, twice removed, of politician Stuart Symington. His great-great-grandparents, Benjamin Harrison and Anne Carter, were also Stuart’s great-great-great-great-grandparents.

Sources: Genealogies of President Harrison –

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