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Benjamin Harrison Writes His Son, Lamenting his Ingratitude: "You have never come to me or shown me any consideration save when you were in trouble"" Yet reminiscent of the parable of the Prodigal Son, he still wishes for nothing more than his son's happiness
13/12/1895. Benjamin Harrison <blockquote><p>He also invokes the final wishes of his departed first wife in counseling his son</p></blockquote><p>"You have never come to me or shown me any consideration save when you were in trouble...You have often said that your sonship had brought you a great deal of trouble...I will try to state as considerably as possibly and with the restraints your mother's last request put upon me...Whatever further is said let it be face to face, and God give me the grace to say it in kindness for I must always desire your good and the happiness of your family.""</p><p>Benjamin Harrison was born in 1833 in North Bend, Ohio, to a prominent family that had a legacy of political activism. He was the great-grandson of a Signer of the Declaration of Independence, and grandson of the nation's 9th President, William Henry Harrison. Raised on a farm adjacent to his grandfather's vast estate, Harrison believed he was destined for greatness, and ended up following in his grandfather's footprints as President.</p><p>In 1853 Harrison married Caroline Lavinia Scott, and they moved to Indianapolis, Indiana, the following year. There he began his own law practice, and got involved in Republican politics. The Harrisons had a son Russell and a daughter Mary.</p><p>During Benjamin Harrison's presidency, Russell was his father's aide and secretary, and Russell's wife assisted the First Lady from the time Caroline became ill up to the time of her death in the White House in 1892. After the term ended, both the President and son Russell returned to Indiana, where the … [Click Below for Full Description]
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