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SAR Compatriot Presidents of the United States

Benjamin Harrison (23rd President of the United States)

Benjamin Harrison

Benjamin Harrison served for one term from 1889 to 1893 as the twenty-third U.S. president. He was born on August 20, 1833, at his grandfather’s farm near North Bend, Ohio. Harrison was the grandson of William Henry Harrison, the ninth president of the United States, and the great-grandson of Benjamin Harrison, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Benjamin Harrison’s term as president fell between the two terms of Grover Cleveland.

The New Jersey SAR was organized on March 7, 1889, in Newark, New Jersey, and many patriotic men answered the recruiting bugle. The first public activity of the new state-level society was on April 29, 1889, at Elizabeth, New Jersey, when President Harrison visited Elizabeth on his journey to New York for the centennial ceremonies of George Washington’s inauguration as the first American president. At a reception by New Jersey Governor Green at his home, the individual members of the New Jersey SAR were presented to President Harrison. Later, the SAR members served as an honor escort for the president from the governor’s residence to the wharf, where he boarded a barge bound for New York.

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 Harrison died in Indianapolis, Indiana, on March 13, 1901, at the age of sixty-seven. He is buried in Indianapolis, Indiana.

President 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 U.S. Army post, Fort Benjamin Harrison, in Indianapolis.

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