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John Scott Harrison

  • Born: 4 Oct 1804, Vincennes, Knox Co., Indiana
  • Marriage: Elizabeth Ramsey Irwin on 12 Aug 1831 in Cincinnati, Hamilton Co., Ohio
  • Died: 25 May 1878, Near North Bend, Hamilton Co., Ohio at age 73

  General Notes:

John Scott Harrison was a member of the United States House of Representatives from Ohio and the only man to be both the son and the father of U.S. Presidents.

Born in Vincennes, Indiana, the son of future President William Henry Harrison and Anna Tuthill Symmes and the grandson of Declaration of Independence signer Benjamin Harrison V, Harrison completed preparatory studies and studied medicine. He later abandon this to become a farmer. After the death of his father, his mother moved in with him and helped him with raising his children including his second child, future President Benjamin Harrison. He was elected a Whig to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1852, reelected an Oppositionist in 1854 and served from 1853 to 1857. After being defeated for a third term in 1856, Harrison retired to his estate "Point Farm" in North Bend, Ohio where he died on May 25, 1878. He was interned in the William Henry Harrison Tomb State Memorial in North Bend with his parents and other family members.

Not long after his death, Harrison's body was stolen from his grave. One of his sons and some friends discovered his naked body hanging from a tree by a rope. His body was later returned to his grave.

John married Elizabeth Ramsey Irwin, daughter of Archibald Irwin and Mary Ramsey, on 12 Aug 1831 in Cincinnati, Hamilton Co., Ohio. (Elizabeth Ramsey Irwin was born on 18 Jul 1810 in Mercersburg, Franklin, Pennsylvania, died on 15 Aug 1850 in Cincinnati, Hamilton Co., Ohio and was buried in Cincinnati, Hamilton Co., Ohio.)

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