Caroline Harrison's 1889 Inaugural Gown

Description
In keeping with the "America first" economic policy of her husband, Benjamin Harrison, Caroline Harrison's gown for the 1889 inaugural ball at the Pension Building was an "all-American" creation. The gown was made in New York City by William Ghormley's firm, Ghormley, Robes et Manteaux. The fabric for the dress was produced by the Logan Silk Company in Auburn, New York. Indiana artist Mary Williamson designed the brocaded silk fabric in a pattern of bur oaks in tribute to Benjamin Harrison's grandfather, President William Henry Harrison. Burr oaks trees grew along Tippecanoe Creek, the battle site that earned the older Harrison his famous nickname.
Location
Currently not on view
Associated Date
1889
wearer
Harrison, Caroline Lavinia Scott
manufacturer
Logan Silk Company
maker
Ghormley, Robes et Manteaux
textile designer
Williamson, Mary
Place Made
United States: New York, New York
Physical Description
silk (overall material)
ID Number
PL*044328
catalog number
044328
accession number
170780
Credit Line
Gift of Benjamin Harrison McKee and Mrs. Mary McKee Reisinger
subject
Costume
First Ladies
Inauguration
related event
Presidential Inauguration of 1897
See more items in
Political History: Political History, General History Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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