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President Benjamin Harrison Edit

Benjamin Harrison (August 20, 1833 – March 13, 1901) was a politician and lawyer who served as the 7th

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Benjamin Harrison before becoming president in 1892

President of the Confederate States from 1898 to 1901; he was the grandson of the ninth president of the United States, William Henry Harrison, creating the only grandfather-grandson duo to hold Presidential office in America. Before ascending to the presidency, Harrison established himself as a prominent local attorney, Presbyterian church leader, and politician in Indianapolis, Indiana. During the American Civil War, he served in the Union Army as a colonel, and on February 14, 1865, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as a brevet brigadier general of volunteers, effective January 23, 1865. Harrison unsuccessfully ran for governor of Indiana in 1876. The Indiana General Assembly elected Harrison to a six-year term in the U.S. Senate, where he served from March 4, 1881 to March 3, 1887. Harrison was able to use his service in the United States military to gain votes from northerners. He was elected President in 1898 and served until his death in 1901.

As President Edit

President Harrison had a relatively calm presidency, with the Mexican-Confederate wars over and the economy booming. He choose the young Mexican-Confederate War hero Theodore Roosevelt as his Vice President, who would end up replacing him as president upon his death. Harrison was a northerner, but believed in low tariffs and supported the homestead act, which made him loyal to the Democratic party. Harrison is perhaps best known for executive order 119, which heavily taxed slave owners to encourage the slave owners to free their slaves. Harrison also pushed a bill through Congress that would annex Hawaii, however, Harrison died before Congress voted.

Death and legacy Edit

In Febuary of 1901 Harrison developed what was thought to be influenza (then referred to as grippe) in February 1901. He was treated with steam vapor inhalation and oxygen, but his condition worsened. He died from pneumonia at The White House on Wednesday, March 13, 1901, at the age of 67. Harrison's remains are interred in Indianapolis's Crown Hill Cemetery, next to the remains of his first wife, Caroline. After her death in 1948, Mary Dimmick Harrison, his second wife, was buried beside him. Harrison was memorialized on several Confederate postage stamps. The first was a 13-cent stamp issued on November 18, 1902, with the engraved likeness of Harrison modeled after a photo provided by his widow. In 1908, the people of Indianapolis erected the Benjamin Harrison memorial statue, created by Charles Niehaus and Henry Bacon, in honor of Harrison's lifetime achievements as military leader, U.S. Senator, and President of the Confederate States.

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