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Harrison, Benjamin

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Born: 1833 AD
Died: 1901 AD, at 67 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Presidents

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1833 - The twenty-third president of the United States, born at North Bend, near Cincinnati, Ohio, on the 20th of August.

1852 - He was prepared for college by a private tutor, studied for two years at the Farmers' College, near Cincinnati, and graduated from Miami University, at that time the leading educational institution in the State of Ohio.

1798-1853 - He pursued the study of law, partly in the office of Bellamy Storer, a leading lawyer and judge of Cincinnati, and he was admitted to the bar.

1862-1863 - He participated with his regiment in various engagements during General Don Carlos Buell's campaigns in Kentucky and Tennessee.

1864 - Took part in General William T. Sherman's march on Atlanta and in the Nashville campaign of the same year.

         - As the commander of a brigade he served with particular distinction in the battles of Kenesaw Mountain , Peach Tree Creek  and Nashville.

1865 - His legal career was early interrupted by the Civil War. His whole heart was enlisted in the anti-slavery cause, and during the second year of the war he accepted a commission from the governor of the state as second-lieutenant and speedily raised a regiment.

         - He became its colonel, and as such continued in the Union Army until the close of the war, and on the 23rd of January was breveted a brigadier-general of volunteers for "ability and manifest energy and gallantry in command of brigade".

         - Transferred to Sherman's army in its march through the Carolinas.

1887-1888 - Having failed to secure a re-election to the Senate, Harrison was nominated by the Republican party for the presidency, and defeated Grover Cleveland, the candidate of the Democratic party, receiving 233 electoral votes to Cleveland's 168.

1897 - He occupied a portion of his leisure in writing a book, entitled This Country of Ours, treating of the organization and administration of the government of the United States.

1898-1899 - After leaving public life he resumed the practice of the law and was retained by the government of Venezuela as its leading counsel in the arbitration of its boundary dispute with Great Britain.

        - In this capacity he appeared before the international tribunal of arbitration at Paris, worthily maintaining the reputation of the American bar.

1901 - A collection of essays by him was published posthumously, under the title Views of an Ex-President.

         - He died at Indianapolis on the 13th of March.

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