(23) Caroline Lavinia Scott Harrison

 

Caroline Lavinia Scott Harrison

Birthdate

10/01/1832

Death date

10/25/1892

President

Benjamin Harrison

Dates of service

03/04/1889-10/25/1892

Relationship to president

Spouse

Other marriages 

N/A

 

Websites 

First Ladies National Library Biography of Caroline Harrison

The White House: Caroline Lavinia Scott Harrison

The White House Historical Association: Caroline Harrison

Caroline Harrison Materials at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site

Papers/letters collections

Manuscripts for: Caroline Harrison

Library of Congress: Benjamin Harrison Papers

Caroline Scott Harrison and Mary Lord Harrison Letter

Historical sites

Caroline Scott Harrison Chapter House and Museum

Caroline Lavina Scott Harrison Gravesite

Fascinating details

  • First ‘first lady’ to have a Christmas tree in the White House.
  • First ‘first lady’ to have electricity in the White House.
  • The causes she supported include women’s rights, preservation of the White House, as well as being an advocate for the arts. 
  • She started the White House china collection.
  • She helped found and fund the John Hopkins Medical School. 
  • She was the first president-general of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
  • She was the second first lady to die in the White House (the first being Letitia Tyler), dying of tuberculosis in 1892.