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Benjamin Harrison

Governor of Virginia , Continental congressman

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