Benjamin Harrison

Benjamin Harrison
Benjamin Harrison
  • Born: August 20, 1833
  • Died: March 13, 1901
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: President









Benjamin Harrison was an American politician and lawyer who served as the 23rd president of the United States from 1889 to 1893. He was a grandson of the ninth president, William Henry Harrison, creating the only grandfather–grandson duo to have held the office. He was also the great-grandson of Benjamin Harrison V, a founding father. Before ascending to the presidency, Harrison established himself as a prominent local attorney, Presbyterian church leader, and politician in Indianapolis, Indiana. During the American Civil War, he served in the Union Army as a colonel, and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as a brevet brigadier general of volunteers in 1865. Harrison unsuccessfully ran for governor of Indiana in 1876. The Indiana General Assembly elected Harrison to a six-year term in the U.S. Senate, where he served from 1881 to 1887.

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Theodore Roosevelt Damn the President! He is a cold-blooded, narrow-minded, prejudiced, obstinate, timid old psalm-singing Indianapolis politician
George Washington You are beseeched most earnestly my dear Col. Harrison, to exert yourself in endeavoring to rescue your Country, by, (let me add) sending your ablest and best Men to Congress; these characters must not slumber, nor sleep at home, in such times of pressing danger; they must not content themselves in the enjoyment of places of honor or profit in their own Country, while the common interests of America are mouldering and sinking into irretrievable (if a remedy is not soon applied) ruin, in which theirs also must ultimately be involved.
George Washington It is much to be feared, my dear Sir, that the States in their separate capacities have very inadequate ideas of the present danger. Removed (some of them) far distant from the scene of action and seeing, and hearing such publications only as flatter their wishes they conceive that the contest is at an end, and that to regulate the government and police of their own State is all that remains to be done; but it is devoutly to be wished that a sad reverse of this may not fall upon them like a thunder clap that is little expected. I do not mean to designate particular States. I wish to cast no reflections upon any one. The Public believes (and if they do believe it, the fact might almost as well be so) that the States at this time are badly represented, and that the great, and important concerns of the nation are horribly conducted, for want either of abilities or application in the Members, or through discord and party views of some individuals;
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[Abraham] Lincoln had faith in time, and time has justified his faith. Miscellaneous
[Monopolies and trusts are:] dangerous conspiracies against the public good. Business, Commerce & Finance
After so many historical illustrations of the evil effects of abandoning the policy of protection for that of a revenue tariff, we are again confronted by the suggestion that the principle of protection shall be eliminated from our tariff legislation. Have we not had enough of such experiments? Foreign Trade
Cheer up everybody. This is no life and death affair. I am very happy here in Indianapolis and will continue to be if not elected. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Christmas is the most sacred religious festival of the year and should be an occasion of general rejoicing throughout the land, from the humblest citizen to the highest official. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Control by the majority. Everything else about our government is appendage, it is ornamentation. Democracies & Republics
Every new mine, furnace, and factory is an extension of the productive capacity of the State more real and valuable than added territory. Development & Growth
God has placed upon our head a diadem and has laid at our feet power and wealth beyond definition and calculation. Power
Have you not learned that not stocks or bonds or stately houses, or products of the mill or field are our country? It is a spiritual thought that is in our minds. Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism
Honorable party service will certainly not be esteemed by me a disqualification for public office, but it will in no case be allowed to serve as a shield of official negligence, incompetency, or delinquency. Political Parties & Machines
How shall those who practice election frauds recover that respect for the sanctity of the ballot which is the first condition and obligation of good citizenship? The man who has come to regard the ballot box as a juggler's hat has renounced his allegiance. Voters, Voting & Elections
I have a great risk of meeting a fool at home, but the candidate who travels cannot escape him. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I knew that my staying up would not change the result if I were defeated, while if elected I had a hard day ahead of me. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
If our great corporations would more scrupulously observe their legal limitations and duties, they would have less cause to complain of the unlawful limitations of their rights or of violent interference with their operations. Regulation & Deregulation
It is a reproach to our civilization that any class of American workmen, should in the pursuit of a necessary and useful vocation, be subjected to a peril of life and limb as great as that of a soldier in time of war. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
It is no time now to use an apothecary's scale to weigh the rewards of the men who saved the country. [Civil War veterans] Budgets & Budgeting
It is often easier to assemble armies than it is to assemble army revenues. War & Peace
Let us exalt patriotism and moderate our party contentions. Political Parties & Machines
Let us exalt patriotism and moderate our party contentions. Let those who would die for the flag on the field of battle give a better proof of their patriotism and a higher glory to their country by promoting fraternity and justice. Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism
Our naturalization laws should be so amended as to make the inquiry into the character and good disposition of persons applying for citizenship more careful and searching … We accept the man as a citizen without any knowledge of his fitness, and he assumes the duties of citizenship without any knowledge as to what they are. The privileges of American citizenship are so great and its duties so grave that we may well insist upon a good knowledge of every person applying for citizenship and a good knowledge by him of our institutions. We should not cease to be hospitable to immigration, but we should cease to be careless as to the character of it. There are men of all races, even the best, whose coming is necessarily a burden upon our public revenues or a threat to social order. These should be identified and excluded. Immigration & Emigration
Petitions poured in upon Congress urging the imposition of discriminating duties that should encourage the production of needed things at home. Foreign Trade
Public opinion is the most potent monarch this world knows. Public Opinion & Polling
Secure to all people a free exercise of the right of suffrage and every other civil right. Voters, Voting & Elections
The banishment [of Russian Jews], whether by direct decree or by not less certain indirect methods, of so large a number of men and women is not a local question. A decree to leave one's country is in the nature of things an order to enter another—some other. Immigration & Emigration
The civil list is so large that a personal knowledge of any large number of the applicants is impossible. The President must rely upon the representations of others, and these are often made inconsiderately and without any just sense of responsibility.
The exchanges of commerce demand stated, reliable, and rapid means of communication. Business, Commerce & Finance
The law, the will of the majority expressed in orderly, constitutional methods, is the only king to which we bow. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
There never has been a time in our history when work was so abundant or when wages were as high,… Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
This Government has found occasion to express, in a friendly spirit, but with much earnestness, to the Government of the Czar, its serious concern because of the harsh measures now being enforced against the Hebrews in Russia. Government ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
To the law we bow with reverence. It is the one king that commands our allegiance. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Unlike many other peoples less happy, we give our devotion to a Government, to its Constitution, to its flag, and not to men. Citizenship & Patriotism
Vacillation and inconsistency are as incompatible with successful diplomacy as they are with the national dignity. Diplomacy & Diplomats
We Americans have no commission from God to police the world. Religion & God ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
We have a clear right to expect, therefore, that no European Government will seek to establish colonial dependencies upon the territory of these independent American States. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
We have no longer States that are necessarily only planting States. None are excluded from achieving that diversification of pursuits among the people which brings wealth and contentment. Development & Growth
We have not sought to dominate or to absorb any of our weaker neighbors, but rather to aid and encourage them to establish free and stable governments resting upon the consent of their own people. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
We should encourage the establishment of American steamship lines. Transportation
When I came into power, I found that the party managers had taken it all to themselves. I could not name my own Cabinet. They had sold out every place to pay the election expenses.
While a Treasury surplus is not the greatest evil, it is a serious evil. Budgets & Budgeting
While a Treasury surplus is not the greatest evil, it is a serious evil. Budgets & Budgeting
Great lives never go out; they go on.
I knew that my staying up would not change the election result if I were defeated, while if elected I had a hard day ahead of me. So I thought a night's rest was best in any event.
I pity the man who wants a coat so cheap that the man or woman who produces the cloth will starve in the process.
No other people have a government more worthy of their respect and love or a land so magnificent in extent, so pleasant to look upon, and so full of generous suggestion to enterprise and labor. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Respect ;Government
The bud of victory is always in the truth. Truth
There never has been a time in our history when work was so abundant or when wages were as high, whether measured by the currency in which they are paid or by their power to supply the necessaries and comforts of life. Life ;Time ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
When and under what conditions is the black man to have a free ballot? When is he in fact to have those full civil rights which have so long been his in law?