By Charles W. Calhoun,Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.
The scion of a political dynasty ushers within the period of huge government
Politics used to be in Benjamin Harrison's blood. His great-grandfather signed the statement and his grandfather, William Henry Harrison, used to be the 9th president of the us. Harrison, a number one Indiana attorney, turned a Republican get together champion, even taking a go away from the Civil conflict to crusade for Lincoln. After a scandal-free time period within the Senate-no small feat within the Gilded Age-the Republicans selected Harrison as their presidential candidate in 1888. regardless of wasting the preferred vote, he trounced the incumbent, Grover Cleveland, within the electoral collage.
In distinction to plain histories, which brush off Harrison's presidency as corrupt and inactive, Charles W. Calhoun sweeps away the stereotypes of the age to bare the accomplishments of our twenty-third president. With Congress less than Republican keep an eye on, he exemplified the activist president, operating feverishly to place the Party's planks into legislations and approving the 1st billion-dollar peacetime funds. however the Democrats received Congress in 1890, stalling his legislative schedule, and with the 1st woman unwell, his race for reelection proceeded quietly. (She died in advance of the election.) in any case, Harrison couldn't beat Cleveland of their extraordinary rematch.
With amazing recognition to this president's lifestyles and the social tapestry of his instances, Calhoun compellingly reconsiders Harrison's legacy.
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Benjamin Harrison: The American Presidents Series: The 23rd President, 1889-1893 by Charles W. Calhoun,Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.