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Benjamin Harrison

Benjamin Harrison, American governor of Virginia, Continental congressman. Member Virginia House of Burgesses, 1749-1775, frequently speaker,; member Virginia Revolutionary Convention, 1775; member Continental Congress from Virginia, 1774-1778,; member Virginia House of Delegates, 1776-1782, 87-91, speaker, 1778-1782, 85, 86; member Virginia Convention to ratify United States Constitution, 1788.

Background

  • Harrison, Benjamin was born in 1726 in “Berkeley,” Charles City County, Virginia, circa. Son of Benjamin and Anne (Carter) Harrison.

  • Education

    • Educated College William and Mary.

    Career

    • Member Virginia House of Burgesses, 1749-1775, frequently speaker, member committee that drew up Virginia’s protest to Stamp Act although he opposed Patrick Henry’s resolutions, 1764. Member Virginia Revolutionary Convention, 1775. Member Continental Congress from Virginia, 1774-1778, member board war and ordnance, also marine committee.

      Member Virginia House of Delegates, 1776-1782, 87-91, speaker, 1778-1782, 85, 86. Signer Declaration of Independence, 1776, Articles of confederation, 1777. Member Virginia Convention to ratify United States Constitution, 1788.

      Governor Virginia, 1782-1784.

    Membership

    Member Virginia House of Burgesses, 1749-1775, frequently speaker. Member Virginia Revolutionary Convention, 1775. Member Continental Congress from Virginia, 1774-1778.

    Member Virginia House of Delegates, 1776-1782, 87-91, speaker, 1778-1782, 85, 86. Member Virginia Convention to ratify United States Constitution, 1788.

    Connections

    • Married Elizabeth Bassett, circa 1745. Children: Benjamin, William Henry.
    • father: Benjamin Harrison
    • mother: Anne (Carter) Harrison
    • spouse: Elizabeth Bassett
    • children: Benjamin Harrison
    • William Henry Harrison
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    Born 1726
    Died April 24, 1791
    (aged 65)
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