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from 1889-1893. Harrison was from North Bend, Hamilton County, Ohio and the grandson of William Henry Harrison.
President Benjamin Harrison was born on August 20, 1833, in North Bend, Ohio. His great-grandfather was John Cleves Symmes, and his grandfather was President William Henry Harrison. Benjamin Harrison attended Farmers' College in Cincinnati, Ohio, before transferring to Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He graduated from Miami University in 1852 and studied law with an attorney in Cincinnati. In 1853, Harrison married Caroline Lavinia Scott Harrison. The next year, the couple moved to Indianapolis, Indiana, where Benjamin established a legal practice. He soon gained the respect of his fellow attorneys.</p>
<p>At the beginning of the American Civil War, Harrison enlisted in the Union Army. He served throughout the war and reached the rank of brigadier-general of volunteers. After the war, Harrison was the reporter of the Indiana Supreme Court from 1865 to 1868. </p>
<p>Harrison ran for Governor of Indiana in 1876 as a member of the Republican Party. He lost this election, but he emerged as one of the state's most powerful Republicans. In 1880, the Republican Party considered nominating Harrison as its candidate for the presidency of the United States, but Harrison declined. The nomination went to James Garfield, an Ohioan. Garfield offered Harrison a cabinet office upon winning the presidency, but once again, the Indianan refused. In 1881, the Indiana legislature appointed Harrison to the United States Senate.</p>