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Benjamin Harrison

Updated on April 2, 2013

Benjamin Harrison

Benjamin Harrison, 23rd United States president, defeated incumbent Grover Cleveland after a notably corrupt campaign. Harrison ended American isolationism, setting the stage for future territorial and economic expansion. He signed into law the Sherman Antitrust Act and the McKinley Tariff Act. Harrison was defeated by Cleveland after one term.

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Benjamin Harrison (August 20, 1833 – March 13, 1901) was the twenty-third President of the United States, serving one term from 1889 to 1893. Harrison was born in North Bend, Ohio, and at age 21 moved to Indianapolis, Indiana, where he became a prominent state politician. During the American Civil War Harrison served as a Brigadier General in the XXI Corps of the Army of the Cumberland. After the war he unsuccessfully ran for the governorship of Indiana, but was later elected to the U.S. Senate from that state.

Harrison, a Republican, was elected to the presidency in 1888, defeating the Democrat Grover Cleveland. He was the first, and to date only, president from the state of Indiana. His presidential administration is best known for its economic legislation, including the McKinley Tariff and the Sherman Antitrust Act, and for annual federal spending that reached one billion dollars for the first time. Democrats attacked the "Billion Dollar Congress", and used the issue to defeat the Republican Party, both in the 1890 mid-term elections and in Harrison's bid for reelection in 1892.

Harrison's wife died near the end of his presidential term. After failing to win reelection he returned to private life at his home in Indianapolis where he remarried, wrote a book, and later represented the Republic of Venezuela in an international case against the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. In 1900 he traveled to Europe as part of the case and, after a brief stay, returned to Indianapolis where he died the following year, from complications arising from influenza. [read the Wikipedia article]

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      RetirementPlanni 6 years ago

      One of the things I found interesting was that in 1893 Benjamin Harrison approved the American-led revolution against Queen Liliuokalani of Hawaii, who disregarded a constitution that white businessmen had forced on her brother when he was king. Harrison sent to the Senate a treaty negotiating with the revolutionary Hawaiian government for annexation of the Hawaiian Islands by the United States. His term expired before a vote was taken, and his successor, President Cleveland, immediately withdrew the treaty.

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      julieannbrady 9 years ago

      Ah, this president was born in Ohio! How many presidents were born in Ohio? I don't remember that fact. Just dropping by to see your lowest ranking lens of the day and to give you a little boost in traffic. 5***** my dear.

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      Johann The Dog 9 years ago from Northeast Georgia

      I've been to the Benjamin Harrison home here in Indy! Great to learn even more about him. Woofs,Johann