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Benjamin Harrison Jr.

Member From: 1756 - 1786

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  • Birth Date: April 5, 1726 Birth Place:Berkeley, Charles City County, Virginia
  • Death Date: April 24, 1791
  • Gender: Male Race: Caucasian
  • Spouse: Elizabeth Bassett
  • Children: William Henry Harrison
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  • Additional Info: Jr. suffix not used for 1783 Assembly and later

    1785-1786 Assembly- Benjamin Harrison was allowed to retain his seat as a delegate from Surry, where he had moved.
  • Bio: Benjamin Harrison of Charles City County was the son of Benjamin (died 1745) and Anne (Carter) Harrison, daughter of Robert (King) Carter of "Corotoman", Lancaster County, Virginia. He was the father of President William Henry Harrison. He attended the College of William and Mary, 1745. He was a member of the House of Burgesses, 1749-65, 1766-75; Committee of Correspondence, 1773; Virginia Conventions of 1775 and 1788; Continental Congress, 1774-78; Signer of the Declaration of Independence (second cousin of Richard Henry and Francis Lightfoot Lee, also Signers); member of the House of Delegates, representing Charles City County, 1776-81, Surry County, 1785-86, and Charles City County, 1787-91; and Governor of Virginia, 1781-84. He married about 1750, Elizabeth Bassett (born December 13, 1730), daughter of Colonel William and Elizabeth (Churchill) Bassett of "Eltham", New Kent County, Va.
    Portrait, copy by Anne Fletcher, presented by Henry H. Wilson in 1931, in the Capitol at Richmond, Va.
    While he was Speaker of the House, the Clerks were (1) EDMUND RANDOLPH and (2) JOHN JAMES BECKLEY.
  • Other Notable Service and/or Elected Offices: Virginia Constitutional Convention: 1776, 1788
    Governor of Virginia: 1781-1784
    Speaker of the House - 1785 - 1786
Session District District Number Party Leadership Committees
1756-1758 Surry Trade (Chair)
Privileges and Elections
Propositions and Grievances
1777-1778 Prince George Privileges and Elections
1778 Prince George Privileges and Elections
Propositions and Grievances
1779 Prince George Privileges & Elections (Chair)
Propositions and Grievances
1783 Prince George Claims
Courts of Justice
Privileges and Elections
Propositions and Grievances
1785-1786 Surry Speaker of the House

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