The Presidents of the USA

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Benjamin Harrison
1889-1893


picture of President Benjamin Harrison
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birthplace

North Bend, OH

birthday

August 20

Life

1833-1901

age

OFC:55 , d. 68

party

Republican

presidency highlights

McKinley Tariff — 6 more states in the union

nickname:

Kid Gloves Harrison

vice-president:

Levi Morton
picture of President Benjamin Harrison

previous office

Senator (Indiana)

key background fact:

Grand-son of former President B.H.Harrison and a Civil War hero

occupation

Lawyer, Journalist

military service

Brigadier General of Vol. - fought in Civil War (Perryville, Nashville)

children

3:   1 boy  2 girls

wife:

Caroline Lavinia Scott (1853), Mary Scott Lord Dimmick (1896

height

5' 6'' / 1.68 m

higher education

Miami University (Ohio)

religion

Presbyterian

 

quote

"We Americans have no commission from God to police the world."

actions & events

  • 1889 Opening of Oklahoma to 20,000 settlers
  • 1889-90 6 states admitted to the Union
  • 1891 Forest Reserve Act; Forest reserves are public.

economy

  • 1890 Pension Act - money to the veterans
  • 1890 Sherman Anti-Trust Act.
  • 1890 McKinley Tariff Act - Protectionism

foreign affairs

  • 1889 Formation of the Pan-American union

military activity

  • 1890 "Wounded knee" massacre. 150 Sioux Indians were killed.

unique facts

  • The only president to be the grandson of another president.
  • First time electric lights in the White House.

interesting

He was called "the Centennial President" because he was inaugurated 100 years after Washington.
He is considered the dullest personality in the White House.

military activity

  • 1890 "Wounded knee" massacre. 150 Sioux Indians were killed.

Legacy

He was an effective leader but the economy deteriorated. Inflation, joblessness and labor unrest marked his presidency. His lackluster personality made his administration seem colorless.

Oklahoma Land Rush

Oklahoma Land Rush