FIRST LADY MARY LORD HARRISON - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 12/31/1941 - HFSID 174822
Sale Price $616.25
MARY LORD HARRISON
President Harrison's second wife, his first wife's niece, does not part with his letters nor will she give her own photograph to someone she does not know.
ALS: "Mary Lord Harrison", 2p, 6x7, front and verso. New York City, 1941 December 31. On both sides of one sheet of her personal stationery printed "Mrs. Benjamin Harrison". To Robley Durham Stevens, Baltimore. In full: "Thank you for your kind greeting. I do not part with any of my husband's letters, and I cannot give you a photograph of myself for your collection for you have not identified yourself, and I reserve my photograph for personal friends. Thank you for wishing one." Mary Lord Harrison's Aunt Caroline had married Benjamin Harrison. When Mary's mother died, her Aunt Caroline, then First Lady, invited Mary to live in the White House. By that time Mary had been a young widow. She assisted her aunt in her social affairs and served as her secretary. In the summer of 1892, Caroline was taken ill and died October 25, 1892 at the age of 60. On April 6, 1896, in New York City, 37-year-old Mary married her uncle, 62-year-old widower Benjamin Harrison. Conspicuously absent from the wedding were the groom's two children, who were older than the bride and aghast at the union. Mary died in 1948 at the age of 89, surviving her husband by 46 years and both stepchildren. Fine condition.
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