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Benjamin Harrison: The American Presidents Series: The 23rd President, 1889-1893

Benjamin Harrison: The American Presidents Series: The 23rd President, 1889-1893

(Book #23 in the American Presidents series)


Book Overview: Benjamin Harrison: The American Presidents Series: The 23rd President, 1889-1893

The scion of a political dynasty ushers in the era of big government: Benjamin Harrison.

Politics was in Benjamin Harrison's blood. His great-grandfather signed the Declaration and his grandfather, William Henry Harrison, was the ninth president of the United States. Harrison, a leading Indiana lawyer, became a Republican Party champion, even taking a leave from the Civil War to campaign for Lincoln. After a scandal-free term in the Senate-no small feat in the Gilded Age-the Republicans chose Harrison as their presidential candidate in 1888. Despite losing the popular vote, he trounced the incumbent, Grover Cleveland, in the electoral college.

In contrast to standard histories, which dismiss Harrison's presidency as corrupt and inactive, Charles W. Calhoun sweeps away the stereotypes of the age to reveal the accomplishments of our twenty-third president. With Congress under Republican control, he exemplified the activist president, working feverishly to put the Party's planks into law and approving the first billion-dollar peacetime budget. But the Democrats won Congress in 1890, stalling his legislative agenda, and with the First Lady ill, his race for reelection proceeded quietly. (She died just before the election.) In the end, Harrison could not beat Cleveland in their unprecedented rematch.

With dazzling attention to this president's life and the social tapestry of his times, Calhoun compellingly reconsiders Harrison's legacy.

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Charles W. Calhoun is a distinguished American historian and author, noted for his insightful analysis and interpretation of 19th- and early 20th-century American politics and governance. With a career spanning over several decades, his expertise lies in discerning patterns and illustrating trends within the intricacies of American history. Born and educated in the US, Calhoun has not only contributed to academia but has also fiercely worked to make history accessible to the public. He has published numerous books, including the critically acclaimed "The Gilded Age," which stands as testament to his comprehensive understanding of history and its importance in shaping the contemporary socio-political climate. The sheer breadth and depth of Calhoun's work make him a remarkable scholar in the field of American history. His profound commitment and contributions have resulted in a legacy that continues to inspire and educate future generations.

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