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President Benjamin Harrison
1230 North Delaware Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46202
Voice: 317-631-1888

Our twenty-third president was born on August 20, 1833 on a farm by the Ohio River. He attended Miami University and read law in Cincinnati. He later moved to Indianapolis to practice law and campaign for the Republican Party.

Harrison was defeated in the Indiana Governor election in 1876, but in the 1880ís he served on the Senate. Harrison won the presidential election against Grover Cleveland in 1888.

During his presidency, Harrison created a new foreign policy, signed bills for internal improvements and naval expansion, and removed tariffs on raw sugar. In return to free sugar import, he gave American sugar farmers two cents per pound bounty.

Since Harrison got rid of tariffs that left the Treasury with overwhelming surplus, the Treasury finally balanced off. Unfortunately, at this time the Republican Party was losing respect and many of the Congressional election ended in Democratic victories. The Republican Party re-nominated Harrison, but he was defeated by Grover Cleveland.

After leaving the office, Harrison returned to Indianapolis and married the widowed Mrs. Mary Dimmick. Benjamin Harrison died on March 13, 1901.



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