1833 - 1901
Not all of our people are happy and prosperous; not all of them are virtuous and law-abiding. But on the whole the opportunities offered to the individual to secure the comforts of life are better than are found elsewhere and largely better than they were here one hundred years ago. Inaugural Address
Benjamin Harrison was born in 1833 in North Bend, Ohio, to a prominent family that had a legacy of political activism. After all, he was the grandson of the nation's ninth President, William Henry Harrison. Raised on a farm adjacent to his grandfather's vast estate, Harrison believed he was destined for greatness.
Connecting Presidential Collections
The Indiana Historical Society is home to many primary sources for Benjamin Harrison
Statement on the Johnstown flood
President Harrison made a statement about the floods that devastated much of Johnstown, Pennsylvania