Harrison Hall History

Named after Benjamin Harrison, the 23rd President of the United States, Harrison Hall opened in 1966. He was born on August 20, 1833. He was a student at Cary Farmer's College near Cincinnati and later at Miami University where he graduated from in 1852. After a course in law at Cincinnati he moved to Indianapolis, where he began the practice of law.

With the advent of the Civil War, he organized a regiment of volunteers of which he became the colonel. At the end of the war, he held the rank brevet brigadier general. He was elected to the United States Senate from Indiana in 1881. In 1888 he was elected President of the United States, but was defeated for re-election by Governor Grover Cleveland in 1892. After this election, Mr. Harrison returned to his law practice in Indianapolis.

Despite the high office he held and the many duties of a busy life, Mr. Harrison maintained his interest in youth and education. He served on the Board of Trustees of Purdue University from July 1895 to March 1901, and to this date is the most famous man to serve the University board. During his tenure as a trustee, Harrison gave the benefit of his vast experience in public life and world affairs. Mr. Harrison died in Indianapolis on March 13, 1901.