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Master of Arts




The purpose of this research has been to study in detail the administration of Benjamin Harrison as governor of Virginia from November, 1781 to November, 1784.

The work of any governor is influenced to a great degree by the political, economic, and social conditions of the society in which he serves, and by the character of the man himself. Therefore, the first chapter of the study presents a summary of conditions in Virginia at that time, and the second delineates the man his family background, his political experiences, and his character traits.

The third chapter examines Harrison's administration as governor, and is divided into four parts. The first is a summary of the position of the executive in the government at that time. The remaining three sub-divide the problems Harrison faced into political, economic, and military categories.