|Title||Anna Tuthill Symmes Harrison|
|Collection||First Lady Dolls|
Anna Tuthill Symmes Harrison (1775-1864)
Wife of William Harrison - did not serve as First Lady
Anna Tuthill Symmes was born July 25, 1775, Solitude Farm, near Morristown, Sussex County, New Jersey. She was small in height, had dark brown hair and dark brown eyes.
Anna Harrison was the first First Lady to receive a formal education.
At 20 years old, November 22, 1795, she married William Henry Harrison, at North Bend, Hamilton County, Ohio. It is not clear if she and William Henry eloped or were married in her father's home.
Anna Harrison bore the largest number of children (ten - six sons and four daughters) by a First Lady yet outlived all but one.
In the winter of 1841 as an entourage of family and friends set out from Ohio to Washington to attend President-elect Harrison's inauguration, Anna was ill and too weak to travel. She was then sixty-five.
Considering that she would live another 22 years in good health suggests that whatever illness she was suffering from in 1841 was temporary. It may have also been severe depression: she was still mourning the dead of her son Carter in August 1839 and her son Benjamin in June of 1840.
The President-elect asked his daughter-in-law, Jane Irwin Harrison, widow of his namesake son, to accompany him and act as hostess until Anna's proposed arrival in May. On April 4, 1841, exactly one month after his inauguration, he died. So Anna never made the journey.
Anna Harrison was the only incumbent First Lady who never entered the White House.
Anna Harrison is the only woman who was the wife of a president and grandmother to another, Benjamin Harrison.
At 88 years old, Anna died on February 25, 1864 at North Bend, Ohio.
|Event||Bicentennial First Lady Doll Exhibit - Community Project|
|Creator||Park, Phyllis Juhlin|
|Costume||Costume by Gladys Price Phillips|
|Given||Given by Woody B. and Vonetta S. Searle in honor of Maggie M. Schanno|
|Source||Uintah County Library|