Benjamin Harrison, 23rd President of the United States, lived in this Indianapolis home with his family from 1874 until his death in 1901, with the exception of the years he served as a United States senator and as President. Harrison moved to Indiana from Ohio as a young man to read law; he involved himself in politics soon after forming a partnership with another lawyer.
When the Civil War broke out, Harrison left his law practice and became a recruiter for the Union Army. He was determined to serve with the men he recruited, but knew he did not have enough military experience to command them. Harrison studied military strategy at night and was eventually promoted to the rank of brigadier general, serving in the Atlanta campaign and in Tennessee.