He was the grandson of President William Henry Harrison. Benjamin Harrison was a Senator from Indiana. He was born in North Bend, Hamilton County, Ohio, August 20, 1833. He attended Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, where he was a member of a fraternity, Phi Delta Theta, and graduated in 1852. He studied law in Cincinnati then moved to Indianapolis in 1854. He was was admitted to the bar and became reporter of the decisions of the supreme court of the State.
Harrison served in the Union Army during the Civil War, brevetted as a brigadier general and mustered out in 1865. While in the field in October 1864 he was reelected reporter of the State supreme court and served four years. He was an unsuccessful Republican candidate for Governor of Indiana in 1876. He was appointed a member of the Mississippi River Commission in 1879, and elected as a Republican to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1881, to March 3, 1887. He was chairman of the Committee on Transportation Routes to the Seaboard (Forty-seventh Congress) and Committee on Territories (Forty-eighth and Forty-ninth Congresses).
Harrison was elected President of the United States in 1888, inaugurated on March 4, 1889, and served until March 4, 1893. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1892. He served as an attorney for the Republic of Venezuela in the boundary dispute between Venezuela and Great Britain in 1900. Harrison died in Indianapolis on March 13, 1901. Interment is in Crown Hill Cemetery.
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