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President Benjamin Harrison

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.
"We Americans have no commission from God to police the world."
Mrs. Harrison's Reception Room, President's Mansion, Washington, D.C., U.S.A., El Salon de la Senora Harrison en la casa de Presidente, Washington, D.C., E.U. de A.
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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".

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

Mrs. McKee, Mary Lodge McKee, Marthena Harrison, Mrs. Russell Harrison, and Baby McKee (Benjamin Harrison McKee), seated around table.

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

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).

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

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

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

President Harrison standing on back of railroad car.

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

Shows crowd entering White House through a door and exiting out an East Room window over a temporary bridge.

Mrs. Benjamin Harrison

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

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

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

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.

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

Benjamin Harrison

Photograph showing enourmous painting of President Benjamin Harrison displayed on the side of a barn with the artist standing next to it. The artist signed the portrait "Berthrong Boston."

Where is Harrison?

Bust of Benjamin Harrison with three faces.

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

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 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

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.

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".

"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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"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

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 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 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.

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

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

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

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

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 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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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 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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!"

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.

"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.

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