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Title Jane Irwin Harrison
Collection First Lady Dolls
Catalog Number 2015.017.011
Description Jane Irwin Harrison (1804-1845)
Daughter-in-law of ninth President William H. Harrison - White House Hostess from March 4 - April 4, 1841

A thirty-six year old widow of three years at the time she served as White House hostess, Jane Irwin Harrison brought her two young sons, James and William along with her to live in the mansion with their grandfather and other relatives. It is also certain that the new President's married daughter, Anna Taylor, was in the residence. She accompanied him to Washington D.C. for his Inaugural ceremony and to move into the White House. The identification of individuals in the President's family" posed together in a silhouette seems to suggest that the new President's son, John Scott, and his son Benjamin, a future U.S. President, were also present; however, there is no documentation supporting this, nor did Benjamin Harrison ever recollect or suggest this as happening.
During the brief four weeks of the Harrison Administration, Jane Irwin Harrison served as hostess. Although her aunt, Jane Irwin Findlay, has often been mistakenly identified as the official hostess of the brief Harrison Administration, or confused with her namesake niece, it was the younger Mrs. Harrison who presided at the President's table while the older Mrs. Findlay acted as her social guide and supported and occupied a seat of honor at the few recorded family gatherings. Jane Irwin Findlay was then seventy-three.
Jane Irwin Harrison died in 1845, at age 41 years old.
Event Bicentennial First Lady Doll Exhibit - Community Project
Creator Park, Phyllis Juhlin
Costume Costume by Ann Weist King
Given Given by Sara Hullinger Perry
Source Uintah County Library