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Benjamin Harrison

Author: Charles W Calhoun
Publisher: New York : Times, 2005.
Series: American presidents series (Times Books (Firm))
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : Secondary (senior high) school : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Politics was in Benjamin Harrison's blood. His great-grandfather signed the Declaration of Independence and his grandfather, William Henry Harrison, was the ninth president of the United States. Harrison, a leading Indiana lawyer, became a Republican Party champion, even taking a leave from the Civil War to campaign for Lincoln. After a scandal-free term in the Senate -- no small feat in the Gilded Age -- the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Juvenile works
Juvenile literature
Biography Juvenile literature
Named Person: Benjamin Harrison; Benjamin Harrison
Material Type: Biography, Secondary (senior high) school
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charles W Calhoun
ISBN: 9780805069525 0805069526
OCLC Number: 57316790
Target Audience: Ages 14-18.
Description: xvi, 206 pages : portrait ; 22 cm.
Contents: "A hard-earned loaf" --
The path to "future fruit" --
Hoosier in command --
Centennial president --
The billion-dollar congress --
Diplomacy and defeat --
"The curtain is down."
Series Title: American presidents series (Times Books (Firm))
Responsibility: Charles W. Calhoun.
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Politics was in Benjamin Harrison's blood. His great-grandfather signed the Declaration of Independence and his grandfather, William Henry Harrison, was the ninth president of the United States. Harrison, a leading Indiana lawyer, became a Republican Party champion, even taking a leave from the Civil War to campaign for Lincoln. After a scandal-free term in the Senate -- no small feat in the Gilded Age -- the Republicans chose Harrison as their presidential candidate in 1888. Despite losing the popular vote, he trounced the incumbent, Grover Cleveland, in the electoral college. In contrast to standard histories, which dismiss Harrison's presidency as corrupt and inactive, Charles W. Calhoun sweeps away the stereotypes of the age to reveal the accomplishments of our twenty-third president. With Congress under Republican control, he exemplified the activist president, working feverishly to put the Party's planks into law and approving the first billion-dollar peacetime budget. But the Democrats won Congress in 1890, stalling his legislative agenda, and with the First Lady ill, his race for reelection proceeded quietly (she died just before the election). In the end, Harrison could not beat Cleveland in their unprecedented rematch.

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