Carter Henry Harrison I

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Carter Henry Harrison I (1736 – 1793), also known as Carter Henry Harrison of Clifton, was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates.[1] On April 22, 1776 at the courthouse in Cumberland County, Virginia, "the first explicit instructions in favor of independence adopted by a public meeting in any of the colonies" were drafted and submitted by Harrison.[1]

Harrison was the son of Benjamin Harrison IV and grandson of Robert Carter I.[1][2] Harrison married Susannah Randolph, the daughter of Isham Randolph and granddaughter of William Randolph, and had six children.[3] His descendants include two mayors of Chicago: Carter Henry Harrison III and his son Carter Henry Harrison IV.[1][2]

His home, Clifton, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.[4]


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  1. ^ a b c d Tyler, Lyon Gardiner, ed. (1915). "Fathers of the Revolution". Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography. II. New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company. pp. 11–12.
  2. ^ a b Abbot, Willis John (1895). "The Harrison Family". Carter Henry Harrison: A Memoir. New York: Dodd, Mead & Company. pp. 1–23.
  3. ^ Page, Richard Channing Moore (1893). "Randolph Family". Genealogy of the Page Family in Virginia (2 ed.). New York: Press of the Publishers Printing Co. pp. 263–264.
  4. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.