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Benjamin Harrison V


In office
1781 – 1784
Preceded by Thomas Nelson, Jr.
Succeeded by Patrick Henry

Born April 5, 1726( 1726 -04-05)
Charles City County, Virginia
Died April 24, 1791 (aged 65)
Charles City County, Virginia
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Bassett
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Benjamin Harrison V (April 5, 1726 – April 24, 1791) was an American planter and revolutionary leader from Charles City County, Virginia. He earned his higher education at the College of William and Mary, and he was perhaps the first figure in the Harrison family to gain national attention. Harrison was a representative for Surry County, Virginia, (1756-1758) and Charles City County (1766-1776) to the House of Burgesses. He was a Virginia delegate to the Continental Congress from 1774 to 1777 and, during the Second Continental Congress, was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Harrison also served frequently as Chairman of the Committee of the Whole in the Continental Congress, and presided over important debates on the independence resolution offered by fellow Virginia delegate Richard Henry Lee, as well as over the wording of the Declaration itself.

Harrison served as the Governor of Virginia from 1781 to 1784. He then again ran for the state legislature, but he was defeated by John Tyler, Sr., the father of the future president John Tyler. Harrison was elected from a neighboring district, however, and he served (including as speaker of the House when it adopted the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom) until his death.

Family

Harrison was a son of Benjamin Harrison IV and Anne Carter, and a grandson of Robert Carter I, who was an ancestor of Robert E. Lee. Harrison's cousin was the plantation owner Robert Carter III. Benjamin Harrison V, was married to his second cousin, Elizabeth Bassett. Their son William Henry Harrison and great-grandson Benjamin Harrison would both become the President of the United States - ironically, John Tyler, son of the man who had once defeated him for office, would serve as his son's Vice President. Harrison's grandson was the Congressman John Scott Harrison. His great-great-grandson was the Congressman William H. Harrison of Wyoming (1896-1990). Besides William Henry, their youngest child, Mr. and Mrs. Harrison had six other children; Elizabeth, Anna, Benjamin VI, Lucy, Carter, and Sarah. Harrison's brother-in-law was the Speaker of the House of Burgesses, Peyton Randolph, who was the first cousin once removed of Thomas Jefferson. Harrison's brother-in-law, Burwell Bassett, was married to the sister of Martha Washington.

Harrison lived all his life at Berkeley Plantation, the Harrison family home in Virginia, and his children were born there.

Trumbull's Declaration of Independence Fifth from left seated Benjamin Harrison VI painted in place of his father "The Signer"

Harrison County, West Virginia was formed in 1784 and named in Governor Harrison's honor. Reportedly no contemporary portrait of Benjamin Harrison "The Signer" survives; the figure labeled as "Benjamin Harrison" in John Trumbull's Declaration of Independence is actually based on his son Benjamin Harrison.

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Preceded by
Thomas Nelson, Jr.
Governor of Virginia
1781–1784
Succeeded by
Patrick Henry
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Genealogy

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Benjamin Harrison 
Birth April 5, 1726 in Charles City County, Virginia "Berkeley Plantation, Virginia"
Death: 1791
Father: Benjamin Harrison (1704-1745)
Mother: Anne Carter (?-?)
Companion: Elizabeth Bassett (1730-1792)
Sex:
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Benjamin Harrison was born 5 April 1726 in Charles City County, Virginia to Benjamin Harrison (1704-1745) and Anne Carter (?-?) and died 1791 at the age of 64 years of unspecified causes.

Benjamin Harrison V was a great-grandfather of United States President Benjamin Harrison and signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Children


Offspring of  Benjamin Harrison and Elizabeth Bassett (1730-1792)
Name Birth Death
Elizabeth Bassett (1751-?)
Anne Bassett (1753-1821)
Benjamin Bassett (1755-)
Lucy Bassett (?-)
Carter Baassett (?-)
Sarah Bassett (1770-)
William Henry Harrison (1773-1841) February 9, 1773 in Charles City County, Virginia "Berkeley Plantation, Virginia" April 4, 1841 in "Washington"
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Benjamin Harrison V

5th Governor of Virginia
In office
1781 – 1784
Preceded by Thomas Nelson, Jr.
Succeeded by Patrick Henry

Born April 5, 1726
Charles City County, Virginia
Died April 24, 1791 (aged 65)
Charles City County, Virginia
Political party Federalist
Spouse Anne Harrison
Profession Lawyer,Politician
Religion Baptist
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Benjamin Harrison V (April 5, 1726 – April 24, 1791) was an American revolutionary leader from Charles City County, Virginia. He was educated at the College of William and Mary. Harrison was a representative for Surry County, Virginia (1756-1758) and Charles City County (1766-1776) to the House of Burgesses. He was a Virginia delegate to the Continental Congress from 1774 to 1777, signed the Declaration of Independence, and was Governor of Virginia from 1781 to 1784.


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