Elizabeth Harrison Walker

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Elizabeth Harrison Walker
Harrison in 1917
Born(1897-02-21)February 21, 1897
Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
DiedDecember 25, 1955(1955-12-25) (aged 58)
Alma materNew York University School of Law (1919)
James Blaine Walker
(m. 1921)
Parent(s)Benjamin Harrison
Mary Dimmick Harrison

Elizabeth Harrison Walker (February 21, 1897 – December 25, 1955) was the third and youngest child of U.S. President Benjamin Harrison, and the only child with his second wife, Mary.[1]


Born in Indiana in 1897, she graduated from New York University School of Law in 1919 and was admitted to the bar in Indiana and New York.[2]

Elizabeth Harrison participated in a 1916 Emergency Services Corps camp in New Jersey.[3] This camp was conducted in the name of military preparedness as tensions grew in Europe, but the intention was never to train women for the trenches, rather to train women on how better to serve the war effort.[4] At this camp, women learned to shoot rifles, ride horses, practice flag signaling, hike for 30 miles at a time, and perform first aid procedures.[3]

On April 6, 1921, Elizabeth Harrison married James Blaine Walker (January 20, 1889 – January 15, 1978), a grandnephew of Secretary of State James G. Blaine, a member of her father's cabinet.[5] They had 2 children, Benjamin Harrison Walker (b. 1921 d. 1995) and Jane Harrison Garfield (née Walker) (b. 1929 d. 2020). Jane Walker married Newell Garfield, a grandson of Interior Secretary James Rudolph Garfield, and great-grandson of President James Garfield.

Jane and her husband, Newell had one daughter Eliza, but had no biological grandchildren. Their grandchildren were adopted instead.[6] Benjamin married Elizabeth Sillcocks Walker and had two sons.

Elizabeth Harrison was the founder and publisher of Cues on the News, an investment newsletter for women.[5]

She died from natural causes at 58 on Christmas in 1955.[5] She was the last surviving child of Benjamin Harrison.


  1. ^ Harrison Heritage December 1982 Vol. 2 Number 4
  2. ^ "6 Bold, Unstoppable Women in Benjamin Harrison's Life 6 Bold, Unstoppable Women in Benjamin Harrison's Life". Benjamin Harrison. Retrieved 2024-01-24.
  3. ^ a b "From satin to khaki: Women join the Military Preparedness Movement of 1916". americanhistory.si.edu. 2015-12-18. Retrieved 2024-01-16.
  4. ^ Humanities, National Endowment for the (1916-06-02). "The evening world. [volume] (New York, N.Y.) 1887-1931, June 02, 1916, Final Edition, Image 3". ISSN 1941-0654. Retrieved 2024-01-16.
  5. ^ a b c "Indianapolis News 12-26-1955 Elizabeth Harrison Walker Obituary". The Indianapolis News. 1955-12-26. p. 14. Retrieved 2024-01-24.
  6. ^ "Dr. Jane Walker Garfield". 30 September 2020.


  • Charles W. Calhoun, Benjamin Harrison, 2005, (short biography-information about Mary Dimmick Harrison).
  • DeGregorio, William A. (2001). The Complete Book of U.S. Presidents (5th ed.). Fort Lee, New Jersey: Barricade Books. pp. 331–334. ISBN 1-56980-208-4.

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