Benjamin Harrison V

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Benjamin Harrison V was born in Charles City County, Virginia back in 1726 to Benjamin Harrison IV and Anne. Described in his youth as being “tall and powerfully built”.  His father died in an afternoon thunderstorm with two of his daughters attempting to shut an upstairs window when lightning struck.

He inherited the bulk of his father’s estate.  He followed in his father’s footsteps by representing the counties of Charles City and Surry in the House of Burgesses.  He was among the first sponsoring a bill that declared certain laws passed by Parliament affecting Virginia to be illegal without the consent of His Majesty’s subject in the colony.   In 1774, he was selected by convention to be one of seven to represent Virginia in the First Continental Congress. In 1776, during the Second Continental Congress he served as Chairman of the Committee of the Whole.

On July 4th, 1776, it was Benjamin who duly reported and delivered to Congress a final reading of the Declaration of Independence.  The actual signing of the Deceleration took place on August 2nd, 1776.  Therefore, as a representative of Virginia he was a signer of the Deceleration and as such is considered as one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.  He later served as the fifth Governor of Virginia.  His direct descendants include two U.S. Presidents, his son William Henry Harrison and great-grandson Benjamin Harrison.


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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning James Dray ,

Another History making moment and we appreciate the history lesson and honoring of one very special Founding Father.

Apr 15, 2017 04:37 AM #1
Rebecca Lewis
ODAT Realty Services, Inc - Grayson, GA

It seems his whole family was influential in the building of our country.

Apr 15, 2017 04:44 AM #2
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. What a family...? I wasn't sure if this was about the President.

Apr 15, 2017 04:47 AM #3
Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

Thank you very much for another great history lesson today

Apr 15, 2017 04:59 AM #4
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

The name was a hint that his linage was also going to make significant contributions.

Apr 15, 2017 05:14 AM #5
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

That was some family, wasn't it, James? So many generations of service to our nation.

Apr 15, 2017 05:36 AM #6
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Interesting and influential family.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Apr 15, 2017 05:58 AM #7
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James, I never realized that the Harrison's were another one of those American political families.  Thank you! 

Congratulations on your 5th great grandchild.  What a wonderful blessing to be so young and have 5 !!!!

Apr 15, 2017 06:45 AM #8
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Thanks for the history lesson. I must have slept through that class as well as others. Enjoy your day! Time for a nap!

Apr 15, 2017 06:57 AM #9
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a great story of the Harrison family.  I hope you are enjoying a round of 

golf today.  A

Apr 15, 2017 07:54 AM #10
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I sure get an education from your blog post every morning James Dray 

Apr 15, 2017 07:24 PM #11
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this history lesson.

I hope your readers will visit Virginia and especially Colonial Williamsburg.

Apr 16, 2017 05:58 AM #12
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