Benjamin Harrison. Benjamin Harrison was the twenty-third President of the United States of America. If you believe in destiny, it seems as if the case could be made that it was destiny that he became President. His family was not wealthy. however he had historic figures in his family before him. His grandfather was the President William Henry Harrison. His great-grandfather, also named Benjamin Harrison, was a Virginia governor and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. His family was well-known and his father spent a lot on his family’s education. Benjamin was born second of eight children in North Bend, Ohio.
Benjamin Harrison attended Farmer’s College in Cincinnati, Ohio where he met his future wife, Caroline Lavinia Scott. He then transferred to Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and graduated in 1852. He and Caroline later moved to Indiana. He became a lawyer and served in the American Civil War. He was in the Union Army and achieved the rank of Colonel and Brevet Brigadier General. He seemed to have had a life-long interest in politics. He grew up aligning himself with the Whig Party and upon its formation became a Republican.
The road to the White House was not an easy one for Benjamin Harrison. He lost races, nominations, and elections along the way. He did become a U.S. Senator from Indiana and served as such from March 4, 1881 until March 4, 1887. He was also a Presbyterian church leader. He was President from March 4, 1889 until March 4, 1893. He is remembered for economic legislation that occurred during his presidency, the creation of National Forests, strengthening and modernizing the Navy, and his foreign policy. He tried to strengthen education and enforce voting rights for African Americans. North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Washington, Idaho, and Wyoming were all admitted to the union during Benjamin Harrison’s service as President.
After leaving office he gave lectures at Stanford University and served on the Board of Trustees of Purdue University. He also wrote articles that were later published together in the book This Country of Ours. His first wife died in 1892 and he remarried in 1896. He had two children with his first wife and one with his second wife. He died March 13, 1901. Throughout his life he had a reputation for integrity and his presidency made the way for future presidencies. Let that inspire you! Have a bright day!