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Benjamin Harrison
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Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1833
Date of Death: 1901
Cause of Death: Influenza and Pneumonia
Religion: Presbyterian
Occupation: Soldier, Lawyer, Politician
Spouse: Caroline Lavinia Scott (d. 1892)
Mary Scott Lord Dimmick
Children: Russell (son):
Mary, Elizabeth (daughters)
Relatives: William Henry Harrison (grandfather)
Political Party: Whig Party (Before 1856); Republican Party (1856-1901)
Military Branch: United States Army (1862–1865)
Turtledove Appearances:
Southern Victory
POD: September 10, 1862
Appearance(s): How Few Remain
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference by surname only
Benjamin Harrison (August 20, 1833–March 13, 1901) was the 23rd President of the United States, serving one term from 1889 to 1893. The grandson of William Henry Harrison, the 9th President, Harrison was born in North Bend, Ohio, and moved to Indianapolis, Indiana at the age of 21, where he became a prominent state politician. During the American Civil War, Harrison served as a Brigadier General in the XX Corps of the Army of the Cumberland. After the war he unsuccessfully ran for the governorship of Indiana, but was later appointed to the U.S. Senate from that state.

Harrison, a Republican, was elected to the presidency in 1888, defeating the Democratic incumbent, Grover Cleveland. His presidential administration is most remembered for its economic legislation, including the McKinley Tariff and the Sherman Antitrust Act, and for annual federal spending that reached one billion dollars for the first time. Democrats attacked the "Billion Dollar Congress", and used the issue, along with the growing unpopularity of the high tariff, to defeat the Republicans, both in the 1890 mid-term elections and in Harrison's bid for reelection in 1892. He also saw the admittance of six states into the Union, which were North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Washington, Idaho, and Wyoming. This was the largest number admitted under a single presidential term.

After losing the 1892 presidential election to former president Grover Cleveland, he returned to private life at his home in Indianapolis.

Benjamin Harrison in Southern VictoryEdit

Benjamin Harrison served as the Secretary of War in President James Blaine's Administration. He oversaw the U.S. military during the Second Mexican War, and so shouldered some of the blame for its failures during the war.[1]

Literary CommentEdit

While the text is not clear that the Secretary of War is indeed Benjamin Harrison, the presence of other familiar historical figures in the same cabinet supports the idea.

ReferencesEdit

  1. How Few Remain, pg. 48.
Political offices
(OTL)
Preceded by
Grover Cleveland
President of the United States
1889–1893
Succeeded by
Grover Cleveland
Preceded by
Joseph E. McDonald
United States Senator (Class 1) from Indiana
1881–1887
Served alongside: Daniel W. Voorhees
Succeeded by
David Turpie
Party political offices
(OTL)
Preceded by
James G. Blaine
Republican Party Presidential Candidate
1888 (won), 1892 (lost)
Succeeded by
William McKinley
Political offices
(Southern Victory)
Preceded by
Last known is
Edwin M. Stanton
United States Secretary of War
1881–1885 (presumed)
Succeeded by
Next known is
Franklin Roosevelt

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