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Carter Bassett Harrison (1811–1839)

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Carter Bassett Harrison (October 26, 1811 – August 12, 1839) was an American attorney and son of William Henry Harrison.

Born in Vincennes, Indiana, to future President William Henry Harrison and Anna Tuthill Symmes and the grandson of Declaration of Independence signer Benjamin Harrison V, Harrison entered Miami University in 1826 at the age of fifteen. He joined the Union Literary Society whose membership included Caleb Blood Smith, Robert C. Schenck and Cyrus Falconer, who would become a medical doctor and delegate to the Whig convention that nominated William Henry Harrison for the presidency. In the fall of 1828, Carter left school to travel with his father to Colombia, South America as his private secretary. They were recalled by President Andrew Jackson in September 1829 and arrived home in February 1830. Carter returned to Miami University to live in the newly constructed Elliott Hall and to teach the Spanish he learned to his fellow students. Upon graduation, he served as a clerk in Robert Schenck's Dayton, Ohio law office. When he was admitted to the bar, he joined his father in Cincinnati assisting in his business affairs. In 1836, he married Mary Sutherland of Hamilton, Ohio in a double ceremony with his sister, Anna Tuthill Harrison who married a second cousin, Colonel William Henry Harrison Taylor of Virginia. After the marriage, Carter began his practice of law in Hamilton. He died in August 1839, before his father's run for president, leaving his wife and an infant daughter.

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