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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Harrisburg in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

The Marcus Reno Residence and Governorsí Home

The Marcus Reno Residence and Governors' Home Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, March 15, 2008
1. The Marcus Reno Residence and Governors' Home Marker
Inscription. In the house at 223 N. Front Street lived two 19th Century Pennsylvania Governors, William Bigler (1852-1855) and James Pollock (1855-1858). Also here resided U.S. Army Major Marcus Reno, the controversial survivor of the Battle of Little Big Horn, site of "Custer's Last Stand." Jacob Haldeman, early Harrisburg industrialist and founder of the Borough of New Cumberland, built the Federal-styled house circa 1841-1845 for his daughter and son-in-law, Robert Ross, who has risen through the ranks in the 1830's and 40's of the newly established Dauphin Deposit Bank. For a period in the 1850's the Rosses lived in New Cumberland and rented 223 N. Front Street to the Commonwealth for the Governors' home. the Ross's daughter, Mary Hanna, married Marcus Reno at Pine Street Presbyterian Church in 1863, and they in turn moved into the house. Reno served as Brigadier General during the Civil War. Returning to his rank as Major, Reno took part in an attack on the Sioux and Cheyenne Native Americans in Montana, June 25-27, 1876, at which Lt. Colonel George A. Custer and almost 60 percent of the 7th Cavalry were massacred. Although Reno was the senior surviving officer and was credited with saving the remainder of the Cavalry in the battle, he was accused of dereliction of duty and cowardice. Harrisburg lawyer Lyman Gilbert represented Reno at the inquiry
Reno Residence image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, March 15, 2008
2. Reno Residence
held in Chicago in 1879. Although Reno was cleared of the charges, he was later tried on an unrelated charge of behavior unbecoming an officer and was court-martialed. In 1967, however, the case was reopened and his name cleared. After his wife, Mary Hanna, died in 1874, Reno moved to Washington D.C. The house later fell into the hands of son R. Ross Reno and his wife Ittie K. Reno. They sold the property in 1889, the year of Marcus Reno's death.
Major Marcus Albert Reno
1889 City Atlas showing Reno ownership of 223 N. Front Street (center).

Erected by The Harrisburg History Project Commissioned by Mayor Stephen R. Reed.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Pennsylvania, The Harrisburg History Project marker series.
Location. 40° 15.626′ N, 76° 53.171′ W. Marker is in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in Dauphin County. Marker is at the intersection of N. Front Street and Pine Street, on the right when traveling south on N. Front Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Opposite 223 N. Front Street, Harrisburg PA 17101, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Episcopal Cathedral Church of St. Stephen & Cathedral House (here, next to this marker); Greetings to Future Harrisburgers (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Executive Mansion (about 400 feet away); Keystone Hall (about 400 feet away); The Calder/Olmsted/McCormick Mansion (about 500 feet away); Harrisburg Public Library Dauphin County Library System (about 600 feet away); James McCormick Mansion (about 600 feet away); Swenson Plaza Flood Memorial (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Harrisburg.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Markers related to the Governor's Residence.
Also see . . .  New Perspectives on the West - PBS. Major Marcus Reno (Submitted on March 17, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.) 
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