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Benjamin Harrison
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Mr. Harrison
Political party: Republican (1856–1901)
Education: Farmer's College

Miami University

Religion Presbyterianism
Born August 20, 1833
Died March 13, 1901 (aged 67)

Benjamin Harrison was the President of the United States between Grover Cleveland's two non-consecutive terms. Cleveland actually won the popular vote, but thanks to the electoral college, Harrison won. His presidency wasn't very significant, but there were a few major events. He was able to handle diplomatic crises with Italy and Chile, avoiding potential war. He lost re-election to former president Grover Cleveland.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Appointed Frederick Douglass as the Minister to Haiti
  • First President to take on corporate power in the interest of helping small businesses
  • Signed the Sherman Anti-Trust Act
  • Passed the Dependent Pension Act – which gave much needed funds to American veterans
  • Fought in the Civil War
  • Avoided a war between Italy and Chile

Cons

  • Lost the popular vote and was elected with the help of New York party bosses, like Bush Jr and Trump after him
  • Became wildly unpopular because of his tariff hikes
  • Caused the Panic of 1893 with the Sherman Silver Bill
  • Jim Crow laws began to crop up in the South during his presidency
  • Was ruthless with American military power
  • Was nicknamed ‘The Human Iceberg’ because of his cold nature

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