HARRISON, MARY LORD. (1858-1948). Second wife of President Benjamin Harrison. ALS. (“Mary Lord Harrison”). 3pp. 8vo. New York, February 19, 1938. Written on two sheets from her “Mrs. Benjamin Harrison” stationery to Agnes de Bragga of Stonington, Connecticut.
“I was interested to hear about your U.S. History class, and if I can add to the interest of these pupils I will be glad to do so. The children in the United States should be well-grounded in this history, and should be made to understand that what our forefathers did for our country should be appreciated and the succeeding generations should have pride in being good and faithful citizens. Enclosed is my husband’s autograph you wished to have…”
In 1881, Mary Lord married Erskine Dimmick, the son of Pennsylvania’s attorney general, but became a widow at the age of 23 a mere three months after their wedding. Mary moved into the White House as an assistant to her aunt, First Lady Caroline Harrison. In 1892, Caroline died, leaving President Benjamin Harrison a widower as well. Four years later, following the conclusion of Harrison’s single term, Mary and Benjamin married, despite their 25-year age difference, and settled in Indianapolis. Mary survived the former president by nearly 50 years, during which time she established the Benjamin Harrison Home, preserving the house from which he conducted his famous Front Porch Campaign.
Folded with normal wear. In very good condition. Uncommon in content letters.