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Mary Harrison McKee

In office
October 25, 1892 – March 4, 1893
Preceded by Caroline Harrison
Succeeded by Frances Cleveland

Born April 3, 1858(1858-04-03)
Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
Died October 28, 1930 (aged 72)
Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
Children Benjamin Harrison McKee
Mary Lodge McKee

Mary Scott Harrison McKee (April 3, 1858 – October 28, 1930) was the first lady to her father President Benjamin Harrison, when her mother, Caroline Harrison, was seriously ill and then died.

She was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. Mary Harrison married James Robert McKee, one of the founders of the General Electric company, in November 1884. They had two children, Benjamin Harrison McKee (known as Baby McKee), and Mary Lodge McKee.

Following her mother's death in October, 1892 and after her father's defeat for reelection, Mrs. McKee and the former president became estranged over his romantic involvement with her cousin, Mary Lord Dimmick, the former first lady's niece. Upon Harrison's marriage to Dimmick in 1896, Mrs. McKee and the president did not speak again. She tried to return to Indianapolis to be by his side when he died in March, 1901, but arrived several hours after his passing.

She died at the age of 72 and was buried at Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis, Indiana.

She is the most recent first lady of the United States not to be the wife of a President.


Honorary titles
Preceded by
Caroline Harrison
First Lady of the United States
Succeeded by
Frances Cleveland


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