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Jane Findlay Whiteman (Irwin)

Also Known As: "Jane", "F. (Irwin) Harrison", "Whiteman"
Birthdate: (42)
Birthplace: Mercersburg, Franklin, Pennsylvania, United States
Death: May 6, 1847 (38-46)
Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, United States (Consumption )
Place of Burial: Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Archibald Irwin, II and Mary Irwin
Wife of William Henry Harrison, Jr.
Mother of Colonel James Findlay Harrison (USA)
Sister of Elizabeth Ramsey Harrison; James Ramsey Irwin and Archibald Irwin
Half sister of Louisa Maclay

Occupation: Acting First Lady of the United States
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About Jane Findlay Whiteman


Jane Irwin Harrison (July 23, 1804 in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania – May 11, 1846), wife of William Henry Harrison, Jr., who died in 1838, and daughter-in-law of William Henry Harrison, ninth President of the United States, and mother of Ashton Irwin, Harry Irwin, and Lauren Dawkins. Her grandfather was James Ramsey, who owned Millmont Farm at Montgomery Township, Franklin County, Pennsylvania.

President Harrison's wife, Anna Harrison, was too ill to travel when her husband left Ohio for his inauguration, but assisted by her aunt, Jane Irwin Findlay (her father's sister, who was then seventy-three), Jane Irwin Harrison acted as official hostess during President Harrison's brief tenure in office, which lasted for 32 days in 1841.

Her sister, Elizabeth Ramsey Irwin (1810-1850), married John Scott Harrison in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1831—another son of William Henry Harrison—and was mother of US President Benjamin Harrison.

Jane Irwin Harrison died May 11, 1846 at age 41.


From “The First Ladies of the United States of America,” by Allida Black. Copyright 2009 by the White House Historical Association.

When she [Anna Tuthill Symmes Harrison] decided not to go to Washington with him, the President-elect asked his daughter-in-law Jane Irwin Harrison, widow of his namesake son, to accompany him and act as hostess until Anna's proposed arrival in May. Half a dozen other relatives happily went with them. On April 4, exactly one month after his inauguration, he died, so Anna never made the journey. She had already begun her packing when she learned of her loss.


  1. Biographical Annals of Franklin County, Pennsylvania, VOLUME 1. Page 92
  2. Death record
  3. Find A Grave Memorial# 40862400


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Jane Findlay Whiteman's Timeline

July 23, 1804
Mercersburg, Franklin, Pennsylvania, United States
Age 20
May 6, 1847
Age 42
Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, United States
May 11, 1847
Age 42
Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, United States