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Benjamin Harrison was the 23rd President of the United States, from 1889–1893. He was the grandson of the ninth President William Henry Harrison. He was born in 1833 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Harrison Miami University in Ohio and law in Cincinnati. He moved to Indianapolis, where he law and for the Republican Party. He married Caroline Lavinia Scott in 1853.

After the Civil War, Harrison was a Colonel of the 70th Volunteer Infantry. He became a of Indianapolis business and society, enhancing his as a brilliant lawyer. In the 1880's he served in the United States Senate, where he the causes of Native Americans, freed and Civil War veterans. In particular, he campaigned for for the education of the children of slaves.

In the Presidential election, Harrison 100,000 fewer popular votes than incumbent President Grover Cleveland. However, he carried the Electoral College 233 to 168 to the Republicans to power. The biggest domestic Harrison faced was the tariff issue and the of money in the Treasury. Democrats attacked his "Billion Dollar Congress" for wasting taxpayers’ money and businesses.

Long before the of the Harrison Administration, the Treasury surplus had evaporated, and the good times about to disappear as well. Congressional elections in 1890 went the Republicans, and party leaders decided to abandon President Harrison. He returned to practice. He represented Venezuela in a with the United Kingdom. He died in 1901 aged 67.

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