Wednesday, May 11, 2011
President Benjamin Harrison's Pets
Mr. Harrison and his brother, Irwin, went to Farmer's College, which is close to Cincinnati. After two years, he transferred to Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and he graduated in 1852. While he was at Farmer's College, Mr. Harrison met Caroline Lavinia Scott, and they got married on October 20, 1853. They had two children, Russell Benjamin Harrison, and Mary "Mamie" Scott Harrison.
After finishing college, Mr. Harrison studied law, and then he moved to Indianapolis. When the Civil War came along, he joined the Union side and raised a regiment for the 70th Indiana Infantry. By the time the war was over, Mr. Harrison had made it up to the rank of Brigadier General.
While President Harrison was in the White House, he had a collie named Dash, that he had bought for his grandchildren. Dash had his very own doghouse, right next to the White House. The family also had a dog named Jack and two opossums named Mr. Reciprocity and Mr. Protection. Another gift that the President got for his grandchildren was a goat named Mr. Whiskers. The reason the goat had this name was because he had a pointed beard, just like President Harrison.
I think this was probably the most exciting thing that happened during President Harrison's term, and I wish I had been there to see it. But another interesting thing that happened was that a bunch of new states were admitted to the union. And these states were: North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Washington, Idaho, and Wyoming. This meant that more states were admitted while Benjamin Harrison was president than since George Washington was president.
After he stopped being President, Mr. Harrison did some interesting things like teach and practice law. In 1896 he married Mary Scott Lord Dimmick, who was the niece of his first wife. She was 25 years younger than Mr. Harrison, so his children did not approve of the marriage and did not come to the wedding. The Mr. Harrison and the new Mrs. Harrison had one child, who was named Elizabeth.
In February of 1901, Mr. Harrison got a very bad cold, and in March he died from influenza and pneumonia. He was 67 when he died. He is buried in Indianapolis, in Crown Hill Cemetery, with his two wives.