Born and raised on the family farm in North Bend, Ohio, Harrison was the grandson of President William Henry Harrison, also of North Bend. They are the only grandfather-grandson duo to serve as Presidents of the United States. After marrying in 1853, he moved to Indianapolis and spent the greater part of his life as a pillar in the Indianapolis community. Out of the eight Ohio presidents, he is the least associated with Ohio and is often known as Indiana's First Citizen.
Items on display in the Harrison Room include: