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Anna Harrison

William Henry Harrison
“I wish that my husband’s friends had left him where he is, happy and contented in retirement.” Mrs. Harrison after learning of her husband’s victory in the 1840 election.

Born - July 25, 1775 in Flatbrook, New Jersey

Parents - Judge John Cleves Symmes & Anna Tuthill Symmes

Married - November 25, 1795 to William Henry Harrison

Children - Elizabeth Bassett (1796 – 1846),
John Cleves Symmes (1798 – 1830),
Lucy Singleton (1800 – 1826),
William Henry (1802 – 1838),
John Scott (1804 – 1878),
Benjamin (1806 – 1840),
Mary Symmes (1809 – 1842),
Carter Bassett (1811 – 1839),
Anna Tuthill (1813 – 1845),
James Findlay (1814 – 1817)

Firsts - 1st woman to be both wife of a president and grandmother to a president (Benjamin Harrison, 23rd President).

Post White House residence - Family farm in North Bend, Ohio

Died - February 25, 1864 in North Bend, Ohio

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Did You Know IconDid You Know...
  • Mrs. Harrison never set foot in Washington, her husband died one month after his inauguration before Mrs. Harrison had a chance to join him in the White House.
  • Mrs. Harrison was the oldest First Lady at 65 years old when her husband became president.
  • Anna Harrison was the 1st woman to be both wife of a president and grandmother of a president.

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