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Anna Harrison

Anna HarrisonAKA Anna Tuthill Symmes

Born: 25-Jul-1775
Birthplace: Morristown, NJ
Died: 25-Feb-1864
Location of death: North Bend, OH
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Harrison Tomb, North Bend, OH

Gender: Female
Religion: Presbyterian
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: First Lady

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Wife of US President William Henry Harrison

Anna Harrison was the first First Lady to receive a formal education equivalent to a man's, attending a boarding school in New York, where her classmates included Nellie Custis, granddaughter of Martha Washington. Her father, a judge and founding father of Cincinnati, disapproved of her romance with a young soldier, William Henry Harrison, so the couple eloped.

After 36 years of marriage, he became America's ninth President, but Anna Harrison never lived in the nation's capitol. After the election, she suffered from a flu, and sent her widowed daughter-in-law Jane Irwin Harrison to act as hostess at the inauguration. Weeks later, as Anna Harrison was packing to join her husband in Washington, she received word that her husband had died.

Among their ten children, two sons were named John; John Cleves Symmes Harrison married Clarissa Pike, the daughter of explorer Zebulon Pike, and John Scott Harrison became a Congressman, and remains the only American whose father and son were both US Presidents -- his son, Anna and William Henry Harrison's grandson, was President Benjamin Harrison.

Father: John Cleves Symmes (Judge, b. 21-Jul-1742, d. 26-Feb-1814)
Mother: Anna Tuthill Symmes (b. 17-Jun-1749, m. 30-Oct-1760, d. 25-Jul-1776)
Sister: Maria Symmes Short (b. 1762, d.)
Mother: "the widow Halsey" (stepmother, d.)
Mother: Susan Livingston Symmes (stepmother, d.)
Husband: William Henry Harrison (US President, b. 9-Feb-1773, m. 25-Nov-1795, d. 4-Apr-1841)
Daughter: Elizabeth Bassett Harrison ("Betsy", b. 29-Sep-1796, d. 27-Sep-1846)
Son: John Cleves Symmes Harrison (frontier settler, b. 28-Oct-1798, d. 30-Oct-1830)
Daughter: Lucy Singleton Harrison Este (b. 5-Sep-1800, d. 7-Apr-1826)
Son: William Henry Harrison, Jr. (attorney, b. 30-Sep-1802, d. 6-Feb-1836)
Son: John Scott Harrison (US Congressman, b. 4-Oct-1804, d. 25-May-1878)
Daughter: Mary Symmes Harrison (b. 28-Jan-1806, d. 16-Nov-1842)
Son: Benjamin Harrison (physician, b. 8-Sep-1806, d. 1-Jun-1840)
Son: Carter Bassett Harrison (attorney, b. 26-Oct-1811, d. 12-Aug-1839)
Daughter: Anna Tuthill Harrison Taylor (b. 28-Oct-1813, d. 5-Jul-1865)
Son: James Findlay Harrison (b. 15-May-1814, d. 6-Apr-1819)

    High School: Boarding School of Isabella Marshall Graham, New York, NY (1791)

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    English Ancestry Paternal


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