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Benjamin Harrison, V

Nicknames: "Signer of the Declaration of Independence"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Berkeley Plantation, Charles City, Virginia
Death: Died in City Point, Charles City, Virginia, United States
Place of Burial: Harrison Cemetery, Berkeley Plantation, Charles City, Charles City, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Hon. Benjamin Harrison IV of the Landing and Anne Harrison
Husband of Elizabeth Bassett Harrison
Father of Elizabeth Barner; Ann Coupland; Lucy Randolph; Benjamin Harrison, VI; Rep. Carter Harrison and 3 others
Brother of Anne Carlin Randolph; Elizabeth Randolph; Lucy Carter Necks; Hannah Harrison; Carter Henry Harrison of Clifton and 5 others

Occupation: Planter; politician
Managed by: Edward Malcolm King
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About Benjamin Harrison, V

'Benjamin Harrison, V (April 5, 1726 – April 24, 1791) was an American planter and revolutionary leader from Charles City County, Virginia. He was a Virginia delegate to the Continental Congress from 1774 to 1777 and signed the Declaration of Independence.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Harrison_V

He was educated at the College of William and Mary and was, perhaps, the first figure in the Harrison family to gain national attention. Harrison was a representative for Surry County, Virginia (1756 - 1758) and Charles City County (1766 - 1776) to the House of Burgesses. He was a Virginia delegate to the Continental Congress from 1774 to 1777 and signed the Declaration of Independence. Harrison also served frequently as Chairman of the Committee of the Whole in the Continental Congress, and presided over important debates on the independence resolution offered by fellow Virginia delegate Richard Henry Lee, as well as over the wording of the Declaration itself. He was also Governor of Virginia from 1781 to 1784. He then again ran for the state legislature but was defeated by John Tyler, Sr., father of future president, John Tyler. He was elected from a neighboring district, however, and served until his death. In 1788, Harrison was a member of the Virginia Convention, which ratified the Federal Constitution, though he, along with Patrick Henry and other men of prominence, opposed it — largely because of the absence of a bill of rights.

He was son of Benjamin Harrison, IV and Anne Carter, and grandson of Robert Carter, I. Benjamin Harrison, V, was married to his second cousin, Elizabeth Bassett. Their son, William Henry Harrison, and great-grandson, Benjamin Harrison, would both become President of the United States. Benjamin and Elizabeth had seven children together:

  • Elizabeth Harrison, b. 1751 m1. William Brickman m2. Unknown Edmundson
  • Anna Harrison, b. 1753 m. David O. Coupland
  • Benjamin Harrison, VI, b. 1755 m1. Anna Mercer m2. Elizabeth Page m3. Susanna Randolph
  • Lucy Harrison, b. 1755 m1. Peyton Randolph m2. Anthony Singleton
  • Carter Bassett Harrison, b. 1756 m. Mary Howell Allen
  • Sarah Harrison, b. about 1767 m1. John Minge m2. James Ball
  • William Henry Harrison, Sr, b. 1773 m. Anna Tuthill Symmes

Harrison lived all his life at Berkeley Plantation, the Harrison family home in Virginia, and his children were born there.

Harrison County, West Virginia was formed in 1784 and named in Governor Harrison's honor.

Reportedly no contemporary portrait of Benjamin Harrison "The Signer" survives; the figure labeled as "Benjamin Harrison" in John Trumbull's, Declaration of Independence, is actually based on his son, Benjamin Harrison, VI, who is said to have resembled his father.

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Benjamin Harrison V (April 5, 1726 – April 24, 1791) was an American planter and revolutionary leader from Charles City County, Virginia. He earned his higher education at the College of William and Mary, and he was perhaps the first figure in the Harrison family to gain national attention. Harrison was a representative for Surry County, Virginia, (1756–1758) and Charles City County (1766–1776) to the House of Burgesses. He was a Virginia delegate to the Continental Congress from 1774 to 1777 and, during the Second Continental Congress, was a signer of the Declaration of Independence.


John Adams in his diary recalled Harrison as having said that he was so eager to participate in the Continental Congress "he would have come on foot." Adams also commented that "Harrison's contributions and many pleasantries steadied rough sessions." Harrison served frequently as Chairman of the Committee of the Whole in the Continental Congress, presided over the final debates on an independence resolution offered by Virginia delegate Richard Henry Lee, and presided as well as over the final debates and amendments to the Declaration itself.


On June 28, 1776, Jefferson's draft including initial alterations of a Declaration of Independence was reported to Congress by the Committee of Five charged with the initial drafting; Congress then "laid it on the table". The Congress resolved on July 1 that the Declaration be considered by the Committee of the Whole. Having further amended the Declaration on July 2 and 3, the Committee adopted the Declaration in final form on Thursday, July 4; Harrison duly reported this to the Congress, and delivered to Congress a final reading of the Declaration. The Declaration was then unanimously agreed upon and Congress resolved to have the Declaration engrossed and signed by those present, which signing took place on August 2, 1776.


Harrison was also a member of the Committee of Secret Correspondence for the Congress.


Harrison served as the fifth Governor of Virginia from 1781 to 1784. He then again ran for the state legislature, but he was defeated by John Tyler, Sr., the father of the future president John Tyler. Harrison was elected from a neighboring district, however, and he served (including as speaker of the House when it adopted the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom) until his death.


In 1788, Harrison was a member of the Virginia convention which ratified the Federal Constitution, though he, along with Patrick Henry and other men of prominence, opposed it—largely because of the absence of a bill of rights.


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See also: Harrison family of Virginia


Harrison was a son of Benjamin Harrison IV and Anne Carter, and a grandson of Robert Carter I, who was an ancestor of Robert E. Lee. Harrison's cousin was the plantation owner Robert Carter III. Benjamin Harrison V, was married to his second cousin, Elizabeth Bassett. Their son William Henry Harrison and great-grandson Benjamin Harrison would both become the President of the United States—ironically, John Tyler, son of the man who had once defeated him for office, would serve as his son's Vice President. Harrison's grandson was the Congressman John Scott Harrison. His great-great-great-grandson was the Congressman William H. Harrison of Wyoming (1896–1990). Besides William Henry, their youngest child, Mr. and Mrs. Harrison had six other children; Elizabeth, Anna, Benjamin VI, Lucy, Carter, and Sarah. Harrison's brother-in-law was the Speaker of the House of Burgesses, Peyton Randolph, who was the first cousin once removed of Thomas Jefferson. Harrison's brother-in-law, Burwell Bassett, was married to the sister of Martha Washington. His nephew Edmund (son of brother Nathaniel) was married to Martha Skipwith, Jefferson's sister-in-law.


Harrison lived all his life at Berkeley Plantation, the Harrison family home in Virginia, and his children were born there.


Trumbull's Declaration of Independence Benjamin Harrison "The Signer" - Seated Fifth from left Harrison County, West Virginia was formed in 1784 and named in Governor Harrison's honor. Reportedly no contemporary portrait of Benjamin Harrison "The Signer" survives; the figure labeled as "Benjamin Harrison" in John Trumbull's Declaration of Independence is actually based on his son Benjamin Harrison.


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Biography portal


[edit] References

Diary and Autobiography of John Adams, Ed. Lyman H. Butterfied (4 vols, Cambridge, Mass., 1961)
Journals of the Continental Congress,1774–1789, Vol. 5 ( Library of Congress, 1904–1937)
Commonwealth of Va. Independence Bicentennial Commission. Smith, Howard W., "Benjamin Harrison and the American Revolution", 1978
Hooker, Mary G., "All Our Yesterdays", 1998
 "Harrison, Benjamin (patriot)". New International Encyclopedia. 1905.

[edit] External links

Benjamin Harrison V at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
Biography by Rev. Charles A. Goodrich, 1856
Benjamin Harrison V at Find a Grave
Texts on Wikisource: "Harrison, Benjamin". Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. 1892.
"Harrison, Benjamin (statesman)". Encyclopedia Americana. 1920.
"Harrison, Benjamin (patriot)". Collier's New Encyclopedia. 1921.

Archival Records A Guide to the Executive Papers of Governor Thomas Nelson, Jr., 1781 June 12-November 22 at The Library of Virginia




-------------------- Signer of the Declaration of Independence -------------------- Find a Grave

Birth: Apr. 5, 1726

Death: Apr. 24, 1791

Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Virginia. He was the father of 9th US President William Henry Harrison (1773 – 1841) and the Great-Grandfather of 23rd US President Benjamin Harrison (1833 – 1901). Born in Charles City County, Virginia, he attended the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, but left the college before graduating, returning home to manage his family estate after his father was killed by lightning. Soon after his return home, he married Elizabeth Bassett, with whom he would have seven children. At age 23, he was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses, where he served for the next twenty-five years. Elected to the First Continental Congress in 1774, he shared a house in Philadelphia with fellow Virginian George Washington. Harrison would serve in the First and Second Continental Congresses, from 1774 to 1777. A large man at 6 feet 4 inches and 240 pounds, Harrison once picked up the much smaller John Hancock and set him on the President’s chair, quipping “We will show Mother Britain how little we care for her by making a Massachusetts man our president.” As Chairman of the Committee for the Whole, he presided over the debates that resulted in the Declaration of Independence. Harrison was 50 years old when he signed the Declaration of Independence. While in Congress, he helped establish the three major governmental departments of War, the Navy, and the State Department. Leaving Congress in the fall of 1777, he returned to Virginia, where he served as Governor from 1781 to 1784. Near the end of the war, he had to flee to the interior of Virginia to avoid being captured by the British Army. Leaving behind politics, he returned to his family’s estate and died there in 1791 at the age of 64. (bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson)


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Parents:
  • Benjamin Harrison (1694 - 1745)
  • Anne Carter Harrison (1704 - 1745)
Spouse:
  • Elizabeth Bassett Harrison (1730 - 1792)
Children:
  • Benjamin Harrison VI (1755 - 1799)*
  • Carter Basset Harrison (1756 - 1808)*
  • Sarah Harrison Minge (1770 - 1812)*
  • William Henry Harrison (1773 - 1841)*

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Burial: Berkeley Plantation Charles City Charles City County Virginia, USA

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Gov. Benjamin Harrison, signer of the "Declaration of Independence"'s Timeline

1726
April 5, 1726
Charles City, Virginia
1748
1748
Age 21
1751
1751
Age 24
Charles City, VA
1753
May 21, 1753
Age 27
Charles City, VA, USA
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Charles City, VA, USA
1755
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Charles City, VA, USA
1756
1756
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Berkeley, Charles City, Virginia, United States
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March 20, 1759
Age 32
Charles City, VA, USA
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Charles City, Virginia, USA
1773
February 9, 1773
Age 46
Charles City County, VA, USA