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Title Caroline Lavinia Scott Harrison
Collection First Lady Dolls
Catalog Number 2015.017.025
Description Caroline Lavinia Scott Harrison (1832-1892)
Wife of Benjamin Harrison - Served as First Lady from 1889-1892.
Caroline Lavinia Scott was about 5' 1" tall. She had brown eyes and soft wavy brown hair that turned gray before she became First Lady. She had pretty features with a strong nose, smiling mouth and sparkling eyes.
Caroline Lavinia Scott grew up in a house filled with books, music and literature. She graduated in 1853 from Oxford Female Institute, with a degree in music. She also mastered English literature, for which she developed a life-long love.
At the age of 21 she married Benjamin Harrison (grandson of the ninth President, William Henry Harrison and great grandson of Benjamin Harrison who signed the Declaration of Independence) on October 20, 1853. After the wedding, Benjamin and "Carrie" departed for the Harrison home at North Bend, Ohio.
Carrie Scott had a fun-loving and humorous personality. She was also religious, deeply sentimental, supportive and artistic. She easily became depressed when she was not well and suffered from upper respiratory problems all of her life. Her greatest love was her family and home.
Caroline's tenure as First Lady (1889-1892) had her making major changes at the White House. She had electricity installed and changed the west wing by adding a bathroom and converting a bedroom into two rooms. She cleaned out all the rooms including the kitchen and had it modernized. She also had the floors refinished and rooms wallpapered. The White House conservatories blossomed during her tenure. There were plans made for the first Christmas tree in White House history. It was she who arranged the White House china collection used by past Presidents; a notable undertaking which has since become of great historic interest and value.
By the summer of 1892, Caroline Harrison was very ill and depressed. Her illness was diagnosed as tuberculosis. A summer in the Adirondack's failed to restore her to health. In September, the President brought her home to the White House. Caroline Lavinia Scott Harrison died at the White House on October 25, 1892 at the age of 60 years. Her daughter, Mary, served as White House Hostess for one year after her mothers death.
Caroline believed in being involved in the society around her, in her church, her women's clubs, her community and in the nation. She proved to be ahead of her time in her pursuit of causes: the use of American goods, the demand for the admittance of women as students to John Hopkins Medical School, and the honor of becoming the first national President-General of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
She balanced her family with her interests and beliefs and created a well rounded image of intelligence, compassion and artistic ability. She may well have been our most underrated First Lady.
Creator Parks, Phyllis Juhlin
Costume Costume by Jeanie Smith
Given Given by Mazie Smith Christensen in honor Eunic Fuller Smith
Source Uintah County Library