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Caroline Harrison

Benjamin Harrison
"Since this Society has been organized, and so much thought and reading directed to the early struggle of this country, it has been made plain that much of its success was due to the character of the women of that era. The unselfish part they acted constantly commends itself to our admiration and example. If there is no abatement in this element of success in our ranks I feel sure their daughters can perpetuate a society worthy the cause and worthy of themselves." Mrs. Harrison on the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Born - October 1, 1832 in Oxford, Ohio

Parents - John Witherspoon Scott & Mary Potts Neal Scott

Married - October 20, 1853 to Benjamin Harrison

Children - Russell Benjamin (1854 – 1936),
Mary Scott (1858 – 1930)

Education - Oxford Female Institute in Oxford, Ohio

Firsts - 1st First Lady to have a Christmas tree in the White House. 1st First Lady to deliver a speech she had written herself.

Died - October 25, 1892 in Washington, D.C.

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Caroline Harrison died while her husband was in office. Their daughter, Mary Harrison McKee, served as hostess during the final months of her father’s term.

 
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  • Mrs. Harrison was the first President General of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
  • Mrs. Harrison helped raise funds for the Johns Hopkins University medical school on condition that it admit women.
  • Caroline Harrison was the 1st First Lady to have a Christmas tree in the White House.

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