I have been taking the approximately month and a half to review the United States past Presidents. All adult citizens are preparing to vote for the next President of the United States of America. Looking back, may may help prepare each of us to move forward. We can be inspired by the Presidents of the United States of America.
Benjamin Harrison was the 23rd President of the United States. He held the office from March 4, 1889 until March 4, 1893. He was, also, a lawyer and a politician. He was in the United States Union Army during the Civil War.
Benjamin Harrison was born in 1833 in North Bend, Ohio. He had seven siblings. His grandfather was President William Henry Harrison and his great-grandfather was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. He attended a local school before enrolling in Farmer’s College in 1847. He met his future wife, Caroline Lavinia Scott, there. In 1850, he transferred to Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He graduated in 1852.
After graduation, Harrison studied law and married Caroline Scott in 1853. The couple later had two children. They moved to Indianapolis, Indiana in 1854. Harrison was admitted to the bar, began practicing law, and became involved in the community. In 1856, he was elected Indianapolis City Attorney. He took other positions and had law practices before joining the Civil War. He served 1862-1865. Following the war, he continued to practice law and was involved in Indiana politics.
In 1881, Harrison began his service as a United States Senator. He chaired the U.S. Senate Committee on Transportation Routes to the Seaboard and the U.S. Senate Committee on Territories. He was a Senator until 1887. Next, came his Presidency.
His Presidency is remembered for the McKinley Tariff, the Sherman Antitrust Act, the creation of the National Forests, improvements with the Navy, and active foreign policy. He struggled with ensuring African American voting and education rights. Six states were admitted to the Union during Harrison’s Presidency: North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Washington, Idaho, and Wyoming.
His first wife Caroline died in 1892. He remarried, Mary Scott Lord, in 1896. They had a daughter. After the Presidency, Harrison returned to Indianapolis. He became President of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States in 1893. From 1895 until 1901 he served on the Board of Trustees of Purdue University. He traveled and continued to be involved in politics. In 1901, he died of pneumonia. He has been remembered in many ways, including statues, places, and things named after him. He is seen as ushering in the “modern Presidency”.
Be inspired! Have a bright day!