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President Benjamin Harrison

Benjamin Harrison served as the 23rd President of the United States from 1889 to 1893Created by: PICRYLDated: 2016
Benjamin Harrison, Pres. U.S., 1883-1901
Benjamin Harrison (August 20, 1833 – March 13, 1901) was an American politician and lawyer who served as the 23rd President of the United States from 1889 to 1893. He was the grandson of the ninth president, William Henry Harrison. Before ascending to the presidency, Harrison established himself as a prominent local attorney, Presbyterian church leader, and politician in Indiana. During the American Civil War, he served the Union as a colonel and later a brevet brigadier general. He was later elected to the U.S. Senate by the Indiana legislature.
A Republican, Harrison was elected to the presidency in 1888, defeating the Democratic incumbent Grover Cleveland after conducting one of the first "front-porch" campaigns by delivering short speeches to delegations that visited him in Indianapolis.
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[Benjamin Harrison or a senator named C. D.]

[Benjamin Harrison or a senator named C. D.]

"C.D" on button of shirt. Title devised by cataloger. Title on shelflist card: Benjamin Harrison. Portrait of C.D. No publication information. (DLC/PP-1934:0123). Forms part of: Cabinet of American illustratio... more

Gen. Benjamin Harrison, of Indiana

Gen. Benjamin Harrison, of Indiana

T19505 U.S. Copyright Office. This record contains unverified data from PGA shelflist card. Associated name on shelflist card: Forbriger.

Not as heavy as Grover, perhaps, but then I have more lemons / Nelan.

Not as heavy as Grover, perhaps, but then I have more lemons / Nelan.

Cartoon showing Harrison using "campaign lemon squeezer" to squeeze political appointees into coins dropping into barrel "campaign fund".

Mrs. Benjamin Harrison

Mrs. Benjamin Harrison

V12825 U.S. Copyright Office. This record contains unverified data from PGA shelflist card. Associated name on shelflist card: Bufford.

Benjamin Harrison, Republican candidate for president

Benjamin Harrison, Republican candidate for president

This record contains unverified data from PGA shelflist card. Associated name on shelflist card: Garrigues, George.

President Harrison and family

President Harrison and family

U37338 U.S. Copyright Office. This record contains unverified data from PGA shelflist card. Associated name on shelflist card: Beckerman.

President Harrison and family

President Harrison and family

U12261 U.S. Copyright Office. This record contains unverified data from PGA shelflist card. Associated name on shelflist card: Fox, Jas.

Map of part of the city of Washington showing position of the several divisions and route of the inaugural parade, March 4th 1889 : under direction of Gen. James A. Beaver, chief marshal.

Map of part of the city of Washington showing position of the several ...

Also shows major buildings. LC copy halved and mounted on cloth backing. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a raster image. DCP

The great ball-room, March 4 1889, Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

The great ball-room, March 4 1889, Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

Photograph shows interior stereo view of the ballroom at the Pension Building (National Building Museum). 14069 U.S. Copyright Office. Title from item. Stamped on verso: Photographed and published by Kilburn Br... more

You may break, you may shatter his name if you will; the administration will cling to him still

You may break, you may shatter his name if you will; the administratio...

Cartoon showing Benjamin Harrison pulling "pension frauds" from mouth of dog "investigation of frauds" and Green Berry Raum pulling "Harrison" from chair "Rep administration".

Mrs. Benjamin Harrison

Mrs. Benjamin Harrison

Mrs. Benjamin Harrison, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing left.

President Harrison and his cabinet

President Harrison and his cabinet

Currier & Ives : a catalogue raisonné / compiled by Gale Research. Detroit, MI : Gale Research, c1983, no. 5288

The Inauguration Ball, at the Pension Building, on the evening of March 4th - exterior view, and scene in the Grand Ball-Room, upon the arrival of President Harrison

The Inauguration Ball, at the Pension Building, on the evening of Marc...

Wood engraving after photo by C.M. Bell. Illus. in: Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, 1889 Mar. 9. Reference copy may be in PRES FILE - Harrison, Benjamin, 1833-1901 This record contains unverified, old dat... more

General Harrison and party, en route to Washington, D.C.

General Harrison and party, en route to Washington, D.C.

President Harrison standing on back of railroad car. N7641 U.S. Copyright Office.

This is the "pull" that civil service reform has with this administration / Dalrymple.

This is the "pull" that civil service reform has with this administrat...

Cartoon showing Benjamin Harrison on Republican Party elephant labeled "Tannerism," which is tearing down civil service rules, as Theodore Roosevelt, Thompson, and C. Lyman try to restrain elephant by pulling o... more

The babes of the White House / photographed by Miss Johnston, Washington, D.C.

The babes of the White House / photographed by Miss Johnston, Washingt...

Mrs. McKee, Mary Lodge McKee, Marthena Harrison, Mrs. Russell Harrison, and Baby McKee (Benjamin Harrison McKee), seated around table. Frances Benjamin Johnston Collection (Library of Congress). Copyrighted by ... more

Birth place of President Benj. Harrison. North Bend Ohio 1840

Birth place of President Benj. Harrison. North Bend Ohio 1840

U3953 U.S. Copyright Office. This record contains unverified data from PGA shelflist card. Associated name on shelflist card: Shober & Carqueville Lith. Co.

Working the president

Working the president

Cartoon showing Benjamin Harrison planting a chestnut tree and Postmaster General John Wanamaker watching him. Wanamaker asks: "Your excellency, how do you like Pennsylvania?" Benjamin Harrison replies: "A litt... more

Map of the city of Washington : souvenir of March 4th, 1889 /

Map of the city of Washington : souvenir of March 4th, 1889 /

Shows block numbers, transit routes, and "Route of inaugural parade." Includes index to points of interest. LC copies laminated and mounted on cloth backing. Available also through the Library of Congress Web s... more

The New administration--visitors paying their respects to President Harrison at the White House. The presidential train "held up" at Harrisburg by a little son of Gov. Beaver, who takes a photograph of Gen. Harrison and family. Close of the ice-harvest--scenes on an ice-farm near Athens, on the Hudson River / from a sketch by Joseph Becker.

The New administration--visitors paying their respects to President Ha...

Illus. in: Frank Leslie's illustrated newspaper, 1889 March 16, p. 96.

The new administration - visitors paying their respects to President Harrison at the White House

The new administration - visitors paying their respects to President H...

Shows crowd entering White House through a door and exiting out an East Room window over a temporary bridge. Illus. in: Frank Leslie's illustrated newspaper, v. 68, 1889 March 16, p. 96. Reference copy in PRES ... more

Mr. Harrison goes shooting and fishing

Mr. Harrison goes shooting and fishing

Cartoon showing Harrison in boat trying to shoot ducks "voters" with musket "force bill" and catch fish labeled "voters".

The raven / J. Keppler.

The raven / J. Keppler.

Caricature of President Benjamin Harrison, as a very short person, with large head, seated at a desk, wearing the big hat of his grandfather William Henry Harrison, also a president. On a bust perches Secretar... more

Where is Harrison?

Where is Harrison?

Bust of Benjamin Harrison with three faces.

Benjamin Harrison

Benjamin Harrison

Photograph showing enormous painting of President Benjamin Harrison displayed on the side of a barn with artist Henry Washburn "Harry" Berthrong (1844-1928) standing next to it. The artist signed the portrait "... more

Harrison and Reid, and the people

Harrison and Reid, and the people

The drawing shows Columbia, the female figure of America, in a feathered crown, standing before a throne atop a pedestal leaning on a fasces. Two of its rods are labeled "S.C." and "Mass.," and are tied togeth... more

"The people wanted a change, and they got it" - Benj. Harrison But the change was made in 1889, and we are still suffering from it - Puck.

"The people wanted a change, and they got it" - Benj. Harrison But the...

Print shows, on the left, Grover Cleveland tipping his hat as he leaves office in 1889, after passing the key to a large safe labeled "U.S. Treasury" with a "Surplus $100,000,000 Dollars" to incoming president ... more

She 's all right / Ehrhart.

She 's all right / Ehrhart.

Print shows an angel labeled "National Credit" with wings labeled "Sound Financial Policy" and "Repeal of Sherman Silver Law" rising above the flames of the wreck of the "U.S. Treasury", with among the wreckage... more

It doesn't look much like it / C.J. Taylor.

It doesn't look much like it / C.J. Taylor.

Print shows Uncle Sam using a pitchfork to pile up money labeled "$160,000,000.00 Yearly" as food for an elephant labeled "U.S. White Elephant" wearing a military hat labeled "Pensions". Title from item. Captio... more

The return from exile / Dalrymple.

The return from exile / Dalrymple.

Print shows William McKinley, as Napoleon I, riding a white horse labeled "Ohio" and carrying a sword labeled "McKinley", on the banks of a river, leading an army that includes Benjamin Harrison, Thomas B. Reed... more

Coroner Harrison is a little too previous / Dalrymple.

Coroner Harrison is a little too previous / Dalrymple.

Print shows Uncle Sam reclining in a chair with his feet resting on a foot stool, on a table next to him are medications labeled "Tariff Reform Tonic" and "Repeal of Sherman Silver Law Elixir", on the floor nex... more

The industrial "cold snap" is over / F. Opper.

The industrial "cold snap" is over / F. Opper.

Print shows William McKinley as a snowman holding papers labeled "Prohbitory [sic] Tariff" and melting beneath a blazing sun labeled "Business Revival"; in the foreground, Matthew S. Quay and James D. Cameron t... more

The bounty jumper of 1894 / Dalrymple.

The bounty jumper of 1894 / Dalrymple.

Print shows Benjamin Harrison standing on the deck of a ship labeled "Republican Party", under sails labeled "Prohibitory Protection"; he is holding a rope that leads to a rowboat labeled "McKinleyism" with Wil... more

The chorus of the newly-converted communists / Dalrymple.

The chorus of the newly-converted communists / Dalrymple.

Print shows Benjamin Harrison playing the "Communists' Chorus" on a large pipe organ, with "Tom Reed" and "McKinley" singing along; all are wearing liberty caps. Includes text of the chorus, which laments "The ... more

The dear creatures / F.M.H.

The dear creatures / F.M.H.

Print shows an old woman sitting on a bench, holding a purse labeled "G.O.P.", with Benjanim Harrison on the left and William McKinley on the right, vying for her attentions. Title from item. Caption: Old Party... more

A dead failure so far / Dalrymple.

A dead failure so far / Dalrymple.

Print shows William McKinley as Napoleon I, looking dejected, sitting on cannon barrels labeled "Jingoism, Paternalism, [and] McKinleyism", behind him is Thomas Reed firing a cannon labeled "Calamity Cry" with ... more

The Republican Ponce de Leon and his followers / Keppler, Jr.

The Republican Ponce de Leon and his followers / Keppler, Jr.

Print shows a group of conquistadors labeled "Hoar, Sherman, Depew, Harrison, Reed, McKinley [as Ponce de León], Wanamaker, W. Reid, Boutelle, [and] Foraker" gathered around a pool of water labeled "High Protec... more

Coxey'[s ... patern]alism" / C.J. Taylor.

Coxey'[s ... patern]alism" / C.J. Taylor.

Print shows "Gen. Coxey" carrying a sword labeled "Sensation" and leading a band of disgruntled citizens marching under the banner "We Want $500,000,000 in Irredeemable Money! and Death to Interest on Bonds!"; ... more

They mourn their loss / J.S. Pughe.

They mourn their loss / J.S. Pughe.

Print shows William McKinley, Benjamin Harrison, and John Sherman as old women in mourning among gravestones labeled "Here lies our dear McKinley Bill. Ruthlessly assassinated in the flower of its youth by the ... more

"Come in, boys, warm up, and have a little Christmas cheer!" / C.J. Taylor.

"Come in, boys, warm up, and have a little Christmas cheer!" / C.J. Ta...

Print shows Columbia welcoming a group of ragged politicians, mostly Democrats, some no longer in office, and newspaper editors, to come in from the cold winter night and warm themselves by the fire and enjoy s... more

The two old parties have no use for her / Dalrymple.

The two old parties have no use for her / Dalrymple.

Print shows an old woman with a broom labeled "Spoils System" evicting from the "Democratic Home" a young woman labeled "Civil Service Reform" carrying a bag labeled "Civil Service Laws"; on the street are Benj... more

"Who laughs last laughs best" / Dalrymple.

"Who laughs last laughs best" / Dalrymple.

Print shows Grover Cleveland driving a stagecoach labeled "Administration Coach" carrying "Columbia" and being pulled by two horses labeled "Honest Principles" and "Sound Policy"; it is stuck in a hole labeled ... more

Puck's presidential possibilities. No. II, Old-man-ready-to-be-struck / F. Opper.

Puck's presidential possibilities. No. II, Old-man-ready-to-be-struck ...

Print shows Benjamin Harrison sitting atop a chimney, holding rods with metal tips, several others are tied to his body and his hat, hoping to get struck by a lightning bolt labeled "Republican Presidential Nom... more

America's partisan "patriots" / C.J. Taylor.

America's partisan "patriots" / C.J. Taylor.

Print shows Benjamin Harrison pointing to himself, John Sherman with a sign that states "The Sherman Bill Did It!", William McKinley holding a sign that states "The McKinley Bill Did It!", and Thomas B. Reed po... more

Puck's valentines for 1894 / F. Opper.

Puck's valentines for 1894 / F. Opper.

Print shows a vignette cartoon with, at center, Uncle Sam and President Cleveland shaking hands, a portrait of Liliuokalani, Queen of Hawaii, is in the background; the surrounding vignettes feature a cast of ch... more

Now let the lion beware! / Dalrymple.

Now let the lion beware! / Dalrymple.

Print shows Henry C. Lodge playing a horn labeled "Discrimination Against England", Benjamin Harrison playing cymbals labeled "Bimetallic Standard", Thomas B. Reed beating a tub labeled "Bimetallism" with a clu... more

Presidential aspirants take to the wheel! / C.J. Taylor.

Presidential aspirants take to the wheel! / C.J. Taylor.

Print shows the interior of the "Bicycle - Academy" which offers "Special Facilities for Presidential Candidates", and trying out bicycles are several candidates labeled "Harrison, Sherman, Allison, Morton, Tom... more

The rival May parties / Dalrymple.

The rival May parties / Dalrymple.

Print shows hopeful presidential candidates dancing around the "Republican Presidential Nomination" maypole, hanging onto ribbons labeled "New York" (Levi P. Morton), "Maine" (Thomas B. Reed), "Indiana" (Benjam... more

He won't budge / F.M. Hutchins.

He won't budge / F.M. Hutchins.

Print shows Benjamin Harrison standing on a stack of books labeled "Respectable Administration Record, Church and Sunday School Record, War Record, Good Old Republican Party Record, [and] Family Record"; in the... more

Old jokes in new political clothes / C.J. Taylor ; F. Opper.

Old jokes in new political clothes / C.J. Taylor ; F. Opper.

Print shows a vignette cartoon with various presidential candidates with their trappings, David B. Hill as "The Political Suburban Resident" overloaded with packages labeled "Low Political Jobs, Petty Schemes, ... more

The hares and the tortoise (from Aesop, altered to suit) / J.S. Pughe.

The hares and the tortoise (from Aesop, altered to suit) / J.S. Pughe.

Print shows a race for the Republican presidential nomination between the tortoise labeled "Morton" and the hare(s) labeled "McKinley, Reed, [and] Harrison". Includes a revised version of the fable by Aesop. Ti... more

Among the silent ones / C.J. Taylor.

Among the silent ones / C.J. Taylor.

Print shows Uncle Sam holding a paper labeled "Political Guide" and riding on a camel being led by Puck through the "City of Silence", past several silent sphinxes labeled "Tom Reed, Allison, McKinley, Morton, ... more

Waiting for the good times to blow over / Dalrymple.

Waiting for the good times to blow over / Dalrymple.

Print shows a large female figure holding a cornucopia labeled "Prosperity 1895", floating toward rays of light that illuminate industrial facilities; she hovers above a group of men gathered around a platform ... more

Not this Thanksgiving / J.S. Pughe.

Not this Thanksgiving / J.S. Pughe.

Print shows Uncle Sam standing on the sidewalk with a large turkey labeled "Business Revival" in a basket labeled "From Cleveland & Co."; on the right are three vendors offering scrawny turkeys for sale, from l... more

Too much like Cæsar / C.J. Taylor.

Too much like Cæsar / C.J. Taylor.

Print shows Benjamin Harrison as Caesar, standing in the foreground, wearing a Roman toga and a laurel wreath; Thomas B. Reed as Cassius and William McKinley as Brutus are standing in the background, wearing Ro... more

The dead issue / J.S. Pughe.

The dead issue / J.S. Pughe.

Print shows President Cleveland standing on the steps of the "White House", watching a funeral procession with the hearse labeled "Calamity Cry killed by Business Revival" and a long line of Republican mourners... more

The Republican schoolma'am and her pupils / Dalrymple.

The Republican schoolma'am and her pupils / Dalrymple.

Print shows an elderly woman sitting in a chair on a platform, instructing her students in lessons that have probably been taken from the "Republican Campaign Text Book" sitting on a table on the right, or from... more

Both satisfied / F.M. Hutchins.

Both satisfied / F.M. Hutchins.

Print shows a female figure labeled "Rep. Party" trying to choose from among three suitors labeled "McKinley, Reed, [and] Harrison"; another female figure labeled "Dem. Party" is walking in the background with ... more

The "press view" at the candidate show / Dalrymple ; J. Ottmann Lith. Co., Puck Building, N.Y.

The "press view" at the candidate show / Dalrymple ; J. Ottmann Lith. ...

Cartoon showing men, representing different newspapers, some with magnifying glasses, viewing presidential candidates, including Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, Thomas Brackett Reed, William B. Allison, Bo... more

The "press view" at the candidate show / Dalrymple.

The "press view" at the candidate show / Dalrymple.

Print shows a gallery where many presidential candidates are on display for the press; among the candidates are Jerry Simpson, William A. Peffer, Robert E. Pattison, David B. Hill, James E. Campbell, William C.... more

The Republican Christmas tree / Dalrymple.

The Republican Christmas tree / Dalrymple.

Print shows a large Christmas tree decorated with ornaments labeled with political offices and presidential appointments; Thomas C. Platt and Matthew S. Quay, who is dressed as a woman, are standing in front of... more

The circus has come! / Keppler.

The circus has come! / Keppler.

Print shows William C. "Whitney" as the ringmaster at a circus where "D.B. Hill" is performing a horse riding trick by trying to ride two horses at once, a small horse labeled "Gold Standard" and a larger horse... more

Not this time! / Dalrymple.

Not this time! / Dalrymple.

Print shows President Cleveland at the helm of the "Ship of State", it's sails labeled "Honest Pensions, Wilson Tariff Bill, Sound Financial Policy, Adherence to the Traditional Policy of Non-Interference", [an... more

She has a presidential pet of her own / C.J. Taylor.

She has a presidential pet of her own / C.J. Taylor.

Print shows a motherly female figure sitting on a bench holding a diminutive Levi P. Morton on her lap; standing at her feet is a diminutive Benjamin Harrison holding his hat. Title from item. Illus. from Puck,... more

The old leading man retires / J.S. Pughe.

The old leading man retires / J.S. Pughe.

Print shows Matthew S. Quay and Thomas C. Platt holding papers labeled "Great Republican Farce Comedy - Presidential Aspirations - Star Part", with Thomas B. Reed, William B. Allison, William McKinley and Levi ... more

We are not a nation of swindlers! / C.J. Taylor.

We are not a nation of swindlers! / C.J. Taylor.

Print shows the statue of George Washington, full-length, standing with right arm raised, with fasces, at Federal Hall on Wall Street, New York City, N.Y., and a large crowd of men standing on steps, among them... more

We are not a nation of swindlers! / C.J. Taylor ; J. Ottmann Lith. Co., Puck Building, N.Y.

We are not a nation of swindlers! / C.J. Taylor ; J. Ottmann Lith. Co....

Group of men, with Grover Cleveland, William McKinley, and Benjamin Harrison in foreground, with William McKinley holding up flag, "The national honor must be upheld!" Copyright by Keppler & Schwarzmann. Illus.... more

He starts in with an Austerlitz / Dalrymple.

He starts in with an Austerlitz / Dalrymple.

Print shows William McKinley sitting on a white horse on a cliff, as the brilliant leader of a successful military campaign, with Mark A. Hanna standing next to him, holding a banner that states "Three Cheers a... more

"Now we're married let's go to keeping house" / G.Y. Coffin.

"Now we're married let's go to keeping house" / G.Y. Coffin.

Cartoon showing Benjamin Harrison walking with bride, Mary Scott (Lord) Dimmock, in front of White House.

Pioneer Cleveland / Dalrymple.

Pioneer Cleveland / Dalrymple.

Print shows President Cleveland standing on the right, holding an axe labeled "Political Wisdom", in a forest where he has been cutting trees labeled "Gold Standard"; approaching from the left is a procession l... more

The spring athletic meeting / Dalrymple.

The spring athletic meeting / Dalrymple.

Print shows Grover Cleveland lifting a heavy weight labeled "Silver Question", he has several medals pinned to his chest, with him are "W.E. Russell", David B. Hill, Robert E. Pattison, Adlai E. Stevenson, Jame... more

Look out, there, boys! / Dalrymple.

Look out, there, boys! / Dalrymple.

Print shows a gigantic snowball labeled "Morton Boom" rolling down a hillside toward four men labeled "Allison, Reed, McKinley, [and] Harrison". At the top of the hill are Thomas C. Platt, Levi P. Morton, and a... more

No party lines when the national honor is in peril / Dalrymple.

No party lines when the national honor is in peril / Dalrymple.

Print shows the combined forces of the gold standard supporters, including some newspaper editors, and a reluctant William McKinley, marching under the standard "The Nation's Credit Must Be Upheld", toward a fo... more

Cupid's candidate / F. Opper.

Cupid's candidate / F. Opper.

Print shows former Benjamin Harrison holding a bouquet of flowers and with a floral garland around his neck, with which Cupid has lassoed him. Title from item. Illus. from Puck, v. 38, no. 988, (1896 February 1... more

Benjamin Harrison, Pres. U.S., 1883-1901

Benjamin Harrison, Pres. U.S., 1883-1901

Head and shoulders, facing left. Photo copyrighted by Joseph Gray Kitchell. No. 2. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: Photog. I.; Pres. I.; Shelf.

The nurses did it / C.J. Taylor.

The nurses did it / C.J. Taylor.

Print shows a vignette cartoon with five scenes in which presidents Grover Cleveland, Benjamin Harrison, and William McKinley nurse a foundling labeled "Civil Service Reform" discovered on "the White House step... more

[Alterations to the Executive Mansion, for Mrs. Benjamin Harrison, Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. Second story plan, James Hoban's plan] / Fred D. Owen, del.

[Alterations to the Executive Mansion, for Mrs. Benjamin Harrison, Pen...

Floor plan of the second floor of the White House as designed by James Hoban in 1792. Forms part of: Mrs. H.S. Owen Collection, 1891-1925 (Library of Congress).

It makes a difference where you are / Keppler.

It makes a difference where you are / Keppler.

Illustration shows President McKinley sitting on a chair with two paintings hanging on the wall behind him that illustrate the foreign policies of former presidents Benjamin Harrison and Grover Cleveland. Harri... more

Tombstone of Benjamin Harrison, Indinapolis [sic] Ind.