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Benjamin Harrison V (April 5, 1726 – April 24, 1791) was an United States planter and American Revolution leader from Charles City County, Virginia. He was educated at the College of William and Mary and was, perhaps, the first figure in the Harrison family to gain national attention. Harrison was a representative for Surry County, Virginia (1756 - 1758) and Charles City County (1766 - 1776) to the House of Burgesses. He was a Virginia delegate to the Continental Congress from 1774 to 1777, signed the United States Declaration of Independence, and was Governor of Virginia from 1781 to 1784. He was son of Benjamin Harrison IV and Anne Carter, and grandson of Robert Carter I; his cousin was the plantation owner Robert Carter (American founding father). His son William Henry Harrison and great-grandson Benjamin Harrison would both become President of the United States. His brother in law was Speaker of the House of Burgesses, Peyton Randolph. A great-nephew of a wife of his brother Nathaniel Harrison was Edmund Ruffin. Benjamin Harrison V's wife's name was Elizabeth Bassett; a brother of Elizabeth named Burwell Bassett married Anna Maria Danbridge-a sister of Martha Washington-wife of President George Washington, they were married until his death in 1791. Harrison lived all his life at Berkeley Plantation, the Harrison family home in Virginia, and his children were born there. Harrison County, West Virginia was formed in 1784 and named in Governor Harrison's honor.

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