Harmony Triangle’s name is a combination of the three street names surrounding it: Harrison Avenue, Middleton Street, and Union Avenue. Harrison Avenue is named for Benjamin Harrison (1726-91), and Middleton Street is named for Arthur Middleton (1742-87); both were political leaders during the American Revolution and signers of the Declaration of Independence.
Benjamin Harrison was born on a plantation in Virginia into a family already established in Virginia politics. His political career, which would last until the end of his life, began in 1764 as a member of the House of Burgesses, the legislative body in colonial Virginia. Harrison’s British dissent began with his support of the Virginia Resolves, who opposed the British Stamp Act in 1765. In 1774, his pro-colonist politics brought him an appointment as a delegate to the Continental Congress, where in 1776, Harrison was a signer of the Declaration of Independence.