Indiana Presidents

Presidents from Indiana

The state of Indiana has only sent one man to the White House-Benjamin Harrison. However, William Henry Harrison was the territorial governor of the Indiana Territory (before Indiana became a state). Also, President Abraham Lincoln spent most of his teenage years in Indiana [Where?].

Indiana, however, has produced 5 Vice-Presidents! From the mid-1800s to the early 1900s, Indiana was one of the most influential swing states in the country because of its large population. In 60% of the presidential elections during those years, Indiana furnished a presidential or vice presidential candidate.

President Benjamin Harrison

August 20, 1833 – March 13, 1901

William Henry Harrison [he was also President click here], Benjamin Harrison’s grandfather, eventually became the Governor of the Indiana Territory. President Benjamin Harrison (1833-1901) was the son of John Scott Harrison and Elizabeth Irwin Harrison. John Scott Harrison, Benjamin’s father, was born in Vincennes, Indiana, October 4, 1804. From 1853 to 1857, he served in the United States Congress in the House of Representatives.

Benjamin Harrison was born on August 20, 1833, in North Bend, Ohio [Where?]which is a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio. After graduating high school he attended the Farmer’s College and then went to Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He graduated with honors at the age of 19 on June 24, 1852, and was immediately confused on what career path he should choose. Benjamin was considering either theology (religious study) or law. He soon chose to become a lawyer.

In 1853 Benjamin Harrison married Caroline Scott. They considered moving to Chicago or staying in the Cincinnati area, but they decided to move to Indianapolis, Indiana. The newlywed couple arrived at their new Indianapolis home in April of 1854. Benjamin quickly started a new law practice and, by 1860, was elected as the Indiana Supreme Court Reporter.

Indiana State Capitol Building in downtown Indianapolis. Built in 1832.

When the Civil War started President Abraham Lincoln called for 300,000 northern citizens to fight in the Union Army. Indiana Governor Oliver P. Morton asked Benjamin Harrison to form a regiment [What?] of local men to serve. Benjamin rose to the rank of Colonel and had worked hard to form a new regiment of 1,000 men. He led men into Civil War battles of Resaca and Peachtree Creek. For his heroic actions he was promoted again to the rank of Brigadier General. Benjamin survived the war and returned home to Indianapolis.

When Benjamin returned home after the Civil War was over, he decided to build a larger home. The new home was built at 1230 N. Delaware Street in downtown Indianapolis. [Where?] The Harrison’s home was completed in 1875. By the time the house was completed, Benjamin’s two children were teenagers. He lived in this house the remainder of his life–except for the years he spent living in the White House–dying at home in 1901.

Benjamin Harrison's Home

You can visit President Benjamin Harrison’s home if you ever visit Indianapolis. Visit the website: www.presidentbenjaminharrison.org

Some above material taken from: Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site. (n.d.). Retrieved February 20, 2018, from http://www.presidentbenjaminharrison.org/