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Portrait of Benjamin Harrison who served as President from 1889-1893. Benjamin Harrison (1833-1901) was born on his family's farm in North Bend, Ohio. He attended Farmer's College near Cincinnati and later transferred to Miami University in Oxford. He graduated from that institution in 1852 and went on to read law in Cincinnati. In 1853, Harrison married Caroline Scott and the couple moved to Indianapolis, where Benjamin Harrison set up a successful law practice. He also became involved in the newly formed Republican Party. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Harrison helped to raise the 70th Indiana Infantry regiment and served with distinction. When the war ended, Harrison returned to Indianapolis and resumed his law practice and political activities. He ran unsuccessfully for governor of Indiana in 1876 and was elected to the U. S. Senate in 1881. Harrison was chosen as the Republican nominee for President in 1888. During the campaign he supported a high tariff to protect American industries against foreign competition. Harrison won the election and during his term in office, Congress raised the tariff and passed acts relating to coining silver money and regulating monopolies. The United States also became more involved in foreign affairs. Harrison ran unsuccessfully for re-election in 1892. Many of his policies had proved unpopular and his wife was terminally ill, which limited his campaigning. Harrison died in 1901. Whitelaw Reid (1837-1912) was a native of Xenia. Like Harrison, he was also a graduate of Miami University. He gained acclaim as a newspaper man and wrote for papers in Xenia and Cincinnati before becoming the managing editor of the New York Tribune. Later in life, Reid served as ambassador to Great Britain.


The Ohio History Connection P 293, AL01076 from the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Collection Collection.


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