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Carter Bassett Harrison

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Carter Bassett Harrison
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 10th congressional district district
In office
March 4, 1793 – March 3, 1799
Preceded bySamuel Griffin
Succeeded byEdwin Gray
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the Surrey County district
In office
In office
December 2, 1805 – February 10, 1808
Personal details
Bornca. 1756
Charles City County, Virginia
DiedApril 18, 1808(1808-04-18) (aged 51–52)
Prince George County, Virginia
Spouse(s)Mary Howell Allen (m. January 15, 1787)
Jane Byrd
RelativesBenjamin Harrison VI (brother)
William Henry Harrison (brother)
Benjamin Harrison (grandnephew)
EducationCollege of William & Mary

Carter Bassett Harrison (c.1756 – April 18, 1808) was a politician from the U.S. state of Virginia.

Early life and education[edit]

Harrison was born ca. 1756 in Charles City County, Virginia, the son of Benjamin Harrison V[1] and Elizabeth Bassett (1730–1792), the daughter of Colonel William Bassett and Elizabeth Churchill, daughter of burgess William Churchill (1649—1710).[2] He was born at the Berkeley Plantation,[3] also known as Harrison's Landing.[4] His father was a member of the Continental Congress and signer of the American Declaration of Independence, and the Governor of Virginia.[3]

His sibilings were:

He was a granduncle of Benjamin Harrison, the 23rd President.[4]

Carter attended the College of William & Mary.[1]

Revolutionary war[edit]

He is listed as leaving the college to join the American Army during the Revolution.

Attorney and politician[edit]

In the 1780s, Harrison was an attorney, representing William Short.[7] Harrison was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, 1784–1786 and 1805–1808[1] for Surry County.

He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives for the Third Congress and to the two succeeding Congresses, serving from March 4, 1793 to March 3, 1799.[1]

Personal life[edit]

In 1787, in Surry County, Virginia, Carter married Mary Howell Allen, daughter of William Allen of "Claremont".[3] They had two sons, William Allen and Benjamin Carter,[3] and a daughter, Anna Carter (Harrison) Adams.

The Harrisons lived in Surry County. In 1800, Harrison settled in Prince George County, Virginia at Maycox, along the James River.[3] Rep. Harrison's second wife was Jane Byrd, daughter of Colonel William Byrd II of Westover Plantation. There were no children by this union. [3]

Harrison died in Prince George County, Virginia on April 18, 1808.[1] Carter's burial is unknown, however, it is likely he's buried at his old plantation, "Maycox," in Prince George County.

Jane Byrd Harrison died about 1813.


  1. ^ a b c d e United States Congress. "Carter Bassett Harrison (id: H000266)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  2. ^ Smith 1978, p. 8.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Williams, Gary Murdock; Jamestowne Society Restoration of Records Committee Chairman (Spring 2020). "Surry Marriage Bonds Recall Early Leading Family" (PDF). Jamestown Society Magazine. Vol. 44, no. 1. ISSN 2471-6030. Retrieved 2024-05-06.
  4. ^ a b Tyler, Lyon Gardiner (1900). "The Cradle of the Republic: Jamestown and James River" (PDF). Richmond, Virginia: Whittet & Shepperson. p. 142.
  5. ^ a b c Dowdey 1957, pp. 291–300.
  6. ^ Dowdey 1957, pp. 301–308.
  7. ^ "From Thomas Jefferson to Carter Bassett Harrison". Founders Online: founders.archives.gov. October 16, 1799. Retrieved 2024-05-06.


  • Dowdey, Clifford (1957). The Great Plantation (1st ed.). New York: Rinehart & Co. OCLC 279919.
  • Smith, Howard W. (1978). Edward M. Riley (ed.). Benjamin Harrison and the American Revolution. Williamsburg: Virginia Independence Bicentennial Commission. OCLC 4781472.

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 10th congressional district

Succeeded by