Benjamin Harrison was the twenty-third American president. He was a Civil War hero and the grandson of the former president, William Henry Harrison.
He served a term, but lost the election for a second term due, in part, to his high spending habits.
1833 Benjamin Harrison is born
Benjamin was born along the Ohio River, near Cincinnati. His family was well known, but they were not rich.
1840 Benjamin’s grandfather, the president
Benjamin was seven years old when his grandfather became president. He was not allowed to attend the opening ceremony.
1847 School and university life
After attending local schools for much of his education, Benjamin enrolled at Farmer’s College when he was fourteen. It was there that he met his future wife.
1852 Graduation and learning
Benjamin graduated from his studies in 1852, and finally returned to Cincinnati to study law. He was the apprentice in Storer and Gwynne’s office.
1853 Benjamin marries
Caroline Lavinia Scott became Benjamin’s first wife while still studying law. They had two children.
1862 The Civil War
Moved by a call for more troops, Benjamin volunteered for the Union Army during the Civil War. He was able to stay out of active battle until 1864, when he joined the Atlanta Campaign.
1864 Indiana Supreme Court
While still serving in the military, Benjamin was chosen as the reporter for the Indiana Supreme Court. It was a position he had before, and allowed him to establish connections and build his reputation.
1872 Governor elections failed
Harrison ran several times to the Indiana governor’s office. He was defeated each time, but his influence continued to grow.
1881 The Senate of the United States
Mr. Harrison became a US Senator. UU In 1881. He served for six years, working to improve the living conditions of veterans and war widows.
1888 The presidential elections
Harrison did not win the nomination to run for president immediately, but eventually his name reached the top of the list. He ran against President Grover Cleveland, who had won the previous election, and Harrison won.
Working with a surplus in the treasury due to high tariffs or taxes, there was much debate about what should be done with the money. While he was urged to reduce taxes, Harrison chose to use the money to help war veterans and their widows, as he had done in the past.
President Harrison and his wife were the first presidential family to have electricity installed in the White House. Harrison was also the first president to record his voice, using a wax phonograph cylinder.
1891 National forests
In 1891, the Land Revisions Act of 1891 was passed. It allowed the government to reserve public lands as preserved national forests. President Harrison authorized the first forest reserve, located near Yellowstone Park.
1892 Harrison’s reelection campaign
President Harrison was deeply criticized for the excessive spending of the treasure surplus, and because his wife was ill and eventually died, he could not campaign for his re-election. He lost the election to former President Grover Cleveland.
1901 The death of Harrison
Harrison remarried in 1896 and died a few years after the flu. He was sixty-seven years old.