Caroline Harrison's 1889 Inaugural Gown

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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
wearer
Harrison, Caroline Lavinia Scott
associated institution
Logan Silk Company
manufacturer
Logan Silk Company
Ghormley, Robes et Manteaux
textile designer
Williamson, Mary
Credit Line
Gift of Benjamin Harrison McKee and Mrs. Mary McKee Reisinger
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Political and Military History: Political History, General History Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
Associated Date
1889
ID Number
PL.044328
catalog number
44328
accession number
170780
subject
Costume
First Ladies
Inauguration
related event
Presidential Inauguration of 1897
Place Made
United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
silk (overall material)
National Museum of American History
Object Name
dress
Dress