By Charles W. Calhoun,Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.

The scion of a political dynasty ushers within the period of massive government

Politics was once in Benjamin Harrison's blood. His great-grandfather signed the announcement and his grandfather, William Henry Harrison, was once the 9th president of the us. Harrison, a number one Indiana legal professional, 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 university.

In distinction to straightforward histories, which push aside 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 watch over, he exemplified the activist president, operating feverishly to place the Party's planks into legislations and approving the 1st billion-dollar peacetime finances. however the Democrats received Congress in 1890, stalling his legislative time table, and with the 1st girl in poor health, his race for reelection proceeded quietly. (She died earlier than the election.) after all, Harrison couldn't beat Cleveland of their unheard of rematch.

With magnificent realization to this president's lifestyles and the social tapestry of his occasions, Calhoun compellingly reconsiders Harrison's legacy.

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