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Harrison, known for his steady hand and quick humor, was called to preside over many important, long and heated Congressional debates, including the decision to declare independence and the subsequent discussion that produced the final Declaration of Independence from the draft produced by Jefferson and the Committee of Five.
The miniature at left is the only surviving life portrait of Harrison. The Redcoats proceeded to pillage from Berkeley to Richmond. They were repaid on October 19th, when the British Army surrendered at nearby Yorktown, effectively ending the Revolutionary War.
Harrison was also a workhorse, diligently remaining in Philadelphia at great cost to his family and business, serving on key Congressional committees where the work of government was done since there was no Executive branch. Berkeley Plantation occupies a beautifully landscaped hilltop site overlooking the historic James River.
Harrison IV built Berkeley mansion in and his initials and those of his wife Ann appear in a datestone over a side door. It was built with brick fired on the plantation. He emigrated from the Isle of Wight in England, became a tobacco planter, and was the first clerk of the Royal Council.
His classical studies education was cut short after a lightning strike killed his father and two of his sisters at Berkeley on July 12, The family tragedy happened to coincide with a disagreement he had with a college officer.
Their most famous son was William Henry Harrison, the American general in the victory over the Indians at Tippecanoe, and who was elected President of the United States in Politics was a way of life for the Harrisons.
As early as the s, the First Family of Virginia had a reputation of arguing with British authorities over individual rights. One Harrison was imprisoned for six years for complaining about tyranny and treason. He continued there for about 25 years, sometimes as Speaker, until royal governor Dunmore dissolved the House in During this time his power and influence caught the attention of the royal governor who tried unsuccessfully to recruit him for a seat on the executive council, a station corresponding to the Privy Council in England.
Most likely his siding with the colonists came from his experience on the Property and Grievances Committee and the Trade Committee. By he was urging that the importation of slaves be curbed and heavily taxed.
After the dissolution of the Burgesses inthe Virginia patriot was elected as a delegate to the First Continental Congress and was there on opening day, September 5, He chaired the early debates on the Articles of Association and signed them on October 20, Benjamin Harrison was highly regarded in Congress, and was frequently appointed Chairman of the Whole from March to August, He remained in Congress until Harrison was well known for his sense of humor.
On August 2, while preparing to sign the Declaration of Independence, Harrison famously quipped to Elbridge Gerry who had taken his place at the table to sign: I shall have a great advantage over you, Mr. Gerry, when we are all hung for what we are now doing.
From the size and weight of my body I shall die in a few minutes and be with the Angels, but from the lightness of your body you will dance in the air an hour or two before you are dead.
In Congress Harrison solicited financial and other assistance from other countries as a member of the Secret Correspondence Committee. During the war he also took care of matters at home by serving as a lieutenant in the county militia, and took the job of chief magistrate as well.
After the war, Harrison remained active in Virginia politics as a member of the House of Delegates which chose him to be its Speaker. When his second cousin, Thomas Nelson, Jr.
He was instrumental in shaping the U. Constitution as a member of the Virginia Ratification Convention in when he argued strenuously for a Bill of Rights prior to ratification, not after.
He sat on the committee that recommended rights to be included in what became the Bill of Rights.The United States Declaration of Independence is the statement adopted by the Second Continental Congress meeting at the Pennsylvania State House (now known as Independence Hall) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 4, The Declaration announced that the Thirteen Colonies at war with the Kingdom of Great Britain would regard themselves as thirteen independent sovereign states, no longer.
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