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Benjamin Harrison: A Presidential Unit

Benjamin Harrison was the 23rd president of the United States. He was also the grandson of William Henry Harrison who was the ninth president. His extreme shyness initially caused people to call him the "human iceberg" because they didn't understand his distance and apparent unfriendliness. One of his most important accomplishments was to build up the US Navy.

Political Party: Republican
Years Served: March 4, 1889 to March 3, 1893
Vice President(s): Thomas A. Hendricks and Adlai E. Stevenson
Name of his parents: John Scott Harrison and Elizabeth Ramsey Irwin
Wife's name(s): Caroline Lavinia Scott (1832-1892), on October 20, 1853; Mary Scott Lord Dimmick (1858-1948), on April 6, 1896
Yearly Salary as President: $50,000
Physical Stature: 5 feet, 6 inches
State of Birth: Ohio

"Electricity was installed i nthe White House while Harrison was President but he and the First Lady were so afraid they would get shocked that sometimes they wouldn't turn off the lights when they went to bed at night. Harrison was also the first president to have a Christmas tree in the White House."

On Line Lesson Plans:

Benjamin Harrison from TeacherVision
Benjamin Harrison from DiscoverySchool.com
Presidential Thinkquest

Coloring Pages, Crafts, and Fun Activities:

Presidential Finger Puppets
Annie's Page
Grover Cleveland from Enchanted Learning

On Line Resources:

The American Presidency from Grollier
White House Historical Society
The History Buff -- US Presidents
Roll Call of the Presidents

Trivia Questions:

1. What were the names of the Cleveland children and how many were there? [Answer: Russell Benjamin Harrison (1854-1936); Mary Scott Harrison (1858-1930); Elizabeth Harrison (1897-1955)]

2. What were some of Harrison's nicknames? [Answer: "Kid Gloves Harrison"; "Little Ben"].


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