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Harrison, III Carter Henry

Male 1825 - 1893  (68 years)


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  • Name Harrison, Carter Henry 
    Title III 
    Born 15 Feb 1825  Lexington, Fayette Co., KY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 28 Oct 1893  Chicago, Cook Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I15709  Bob Juch's Kin
    Last Modified 7 May 2019 

    Father Harrison, Carter Henry,   b. 30 Sep 1796,   d. 9 Oct 1825  (Age 29 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Russell, Caroline Evelyn,   b. 15 Jun 1797 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 31 Jan 1822 
    Family ID F24995  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Stearns, Margaret E.,   b. 1829, IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1887  (Age 58 years) 
    Married 1882  IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 7 May 2019 
    Family ID F5224  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Preston, Sophonisba Grayson,   b. 1835, Vitginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1876, Vitginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years) 
    Married 1855  Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Harrison, William Preston,   b. 12 Apr 1869  [natural]
     2. Harrison, Sophie
     3. Harrison, Carter Henry
     4. Harrison, Caroline D.
    Last Modified 7 May 2019 
    Family ID F5225  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1855 - Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Carter Henry Harrison
    Carter Henry Harrison
    Carter Henry Harrison's Tombstone
    Carter Henry Harrison's Tombstone

  • Notes 
    • B.A., Yale, 1845. Member, 44th and 45th Congresses, 1875-79. Five times elected mayor of Chicago. Carter Harrison came to Chicago because he saw it as a land of opportunity. As mayor, he believed that Chicagoans' two major desires were to make money and to spend it. During his administrations, Chicago's vice districts blossomed and special maps were printed to enable tourists to find their way from brothel to brothel. The name of one Chicago saloon-keeper of the time entered the English language as a term for a strong or laced drink intended to render unconsciousness: Mickey Finn. The night of the Haymarket Riot, Harrison walked unmolested through the crowd of anarchists and advised the police to leave the demonstrators alone. The riot was sparked by a policeman who disobeyed Harrison's directive. Harrison was re-elected in time for the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893. His desire was to show the world the true Chicago and he appointed 1st Ward Alderman "Bathhouse" John Coughlin to sit on the reception committee. On October 28, 1893, three days before the close of the Exposition, Harrison was murdered in his home by Eugene Patrick Prendergast, a disgruntled office seeker. Prendergast was hanged on July 13, 1894. Harrison was Chicago's first five-time elected mayor. Eventually his son, Carter Harrison, Jr. would be elected mayor five times.