Anna Harrison (1775-1864) was an American first lady (1841), the wife of William Henry Harrison, ninth president of the United States, and grandmother of Benjamin Harrison, the 23rd president. She was the first First Lady to receive a formal education, counting Martha Washington's granddaughter among her classmates. As her husband's military and political career advanced, Anna oversaw their household and large, growing family. Anna was too ill to attend her husband's March 1841 inauguration, and by the time she had recovered, William himself had fallen ill and soon passed away, ending Anna's one month tenure as First Lady. After William's death, Anna spent her remaining years with her sole surviving son, helping him raise her grandson, Benjamin, who would become president in 1869.
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