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  Harrison, Benjamin
NameBenjamin Harrison
Indianapolis, Indiana , United States
Born August 20, 1833
Died March 13, 1901 (67 years)
Last ModifiedSilver Dime
Jun 29, 2010 09:32am
Tags English - Presbyterian -
Info23rd President (March 4th, 1889 - March 4th, 1893)

b. North Bend, Ohio
grad. Miami Univ. (Ohio), 1852
Height: 5'6"
grandson of William Henry Harrison.

After reading law in Cincinnati, he moved (1854) to Indianapolis, where he was a lawyer and politician. He served in the Civil War as commander of an Indiana volunteer regiment and in 1865 was brevetted brigadier general of volunteers. A well-established corporation lawyer, he was (1881?87) a member of the U.S. Senate as a Republican but was defeated for reelection. The Republicans chose him (1888) as presidential candidate against Grover Cleveland, and he was elected in the electoral college, though Cleveland had the larger popular vote.

Harrison as President approved all regular Republican measures, including the highly protective McKinley Tariff Act. His equivocal stand on civil service reform displeased both reformers and spoilsmen. The first Pan-American Conference was held (1889) in his administration. Defeated for reelection in 1892 by Cleveland, Harrison returned to his Indianapolis law practice. He later represented Venezuela in the Venezuela Boundary Dispute. Harrison wrote This Country of Ours (1897) and Views of an Ex-President (1901)

First Appeared on a United tates Postage Stamp in 1902.
Vote totals for elections in which was nominated for the Hall of Fame for Great Americans (1900-1965): 1940-0, 1960-0.

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06/13/2007-06/24/2007 Rasmussen Reports 30.00% ( 0.0) 35.00% ( 0.0) 35.00% ( 0.0)

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Wife Caroline Lavinia Scott Harrison 00, 1853-Oct 25, 1892
Wife Mary Scott Lord Dimmick Harrison Apr 06, 1896-Mar 13, 1901
Son Russell Benjamin Harrison 1854-1936
Grandson William H. Harrison 1896-1990
Daughter Mary "Mamie" Scott Harrison McKee 1858-1930
Daughter Elizabeth Harrison Walker 1897-1955
Father John Scott Harrison 1804-1878
Grandfather William Henry Harrison 1773-1841
Great-Grandfather Benjamin Harrison 1726-1791
Grand Uncle Carter B. Harrison 1756-1808
Aunt Elizabeth "Betsey" Bassett Harrison Short 1796-1846
Uncle John Cleves Symmes Harrison 1798-1830
Aunt Lucy Singleton Harrison Este 1800-1826
Uncle William Henry Harrison, Jr. 1802-1838
Uncle Benjamin Harrison 1806-1840
Aunt Mary Symmes Harrison Thornton 1809-1842
Uncle Carter Bassett Harrison 1811-1839
Aunt Anna Tuthill Harrison Taylor 1813-1845
Uncle James Findlay Harrison 1814-1817
Grandmother Anna Tuthill Symmes Harrison 1775-1864
Great-Grandfather John C. Symmes 1742-1814

Benjamin Harrison - First Annual Message (December 3, 1889)  Discuss
Benjamin Harrison - Fourth Annual Message (December 6, 1892)  Discuss
Benjamin Harrison - Second Annual Message (December 1, 1890)  Discuss
Benjamin Harrison - Third Annual Message (December 9, 1891)  Discuss
President Benjamin Harrison Inaugural Address March 4, 1889  Discuss
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