Caroline Harrison's 1889 Inaugural Gown


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.

Associated Date: 1889

Wearer: Harrison, Caroline Lavinia ScottAssociated Institution: Logan Silk CompanyManufacturer: Logan Silk CompanyMaker: Ghormley, Robes et ManteauxTextile Designer: Williamson, Mary

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: New York, New York City

Subject: CostumeFirst LadiesInaugurationRelated Event: Presidential Inauguration of 1897


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Credit Line: Gift of Benjamin Harrison McKee and Mrs. Mary McKee Reisinger

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: PL.044328Catalog Number: 44328Accession Number: 170780

Object Name: dressDress

Physical Description: silk (overall material)


Record Id: nmah_523792

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