10 Cool Facts We Bet You Didn’t Know About Benjamin Harrison

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Benjamin Harrison, born on the 20th of August, 1833, was an esteemed lawyer and politician, Republican, and served in the Union Army. He was the 23rd president of the United States. He was the second eldest child out of eight children. He was an instrument for resolving economic, environmental, and Civil Rights issues, and was one of the people who made the Declaration of Independence possible. He was also the last President who was able to sport a full beard! For more cool facts on President Benjamin Harrison, here you go:

Fact 1: His grandfather was William Henry Harrison, the 9th president of the United States. Benjamin Harrison would then be the 23rd president of the United States. They were all part of a lineage of significant political figures. Their ancestor, Benjamin Harrison V, had been the governor of Virginia, and had been part of the party who had signed the Declaration of Independence.

Fact 2: His grandfather William Henry Harrison, was the first president to die in office!

Fact 3: Despite the highly impressive family history and lineage, the Harrison family was not, in every sense of the word, wealthy. Benjamin’s father had to put together all of the money they could find, from savings to wages earned, in order to put Benjamin Harrison and all of his siblings in the best schools.

Fact 4: Back in 1862, when there was a call issued for recruits by President Abraham Lincoln to join the army, Benjamin Harrison reportedly responded with the words “If I can be of any service, I will go”.

Fact 5: He was a distinguished lawyer, too. Fresh from accomplishing an apprenticeship from the Storer and Gwynne office during 1854 in Cincinnati, he decided to transfer to the state of Indiana with his wife Caroline and was then admitted to the bar. Benjamin Harrison also had a gig as a crier, in which he earned approximately $2.50 a day for the job. Later on he preceded to take office in Indiana, where he become the first and last President, being the only one to assume a position in it.

Fact 6: Benjamin Harrison was an exceptional and writing and delivering his own speeches. It was believed that one time, over a span of a month, he was able to produce roughly a hundred and forty different speeches! Outstanding!

Fact 7: He was the first President to have his voice preserved-literally! He had one of his speeches – about a 36 second long one- recorded within a wax made phonograph cylinder. This was during the year 1889.

Fact 8: The president had two very unique nicknames throughout his lifetime, one of them being ‘The Human Iceberg’, due to the fact that Benjamin Harrison was a man of a very cold, unfriendly, and often times stand-offish character, and the second nickname being ‘Kid Gloves’, because of the fact that he wore gloves produced from goat skin in order to protect him from the onset of infections and diseases.

Fact 9: Benjamin Harrison was a crusade for the good! A member of the Green community, the president fought to save our forests! Back in March 1891, he was responsible for the signing of the Land Revision Act, which in turn gave power to the government to protect certain areas of land to be given protection as a reserve. The world thanks you, Mister President!

Fact 10: When his beloved wife Caroline died during his Presidency, he proceeded to marry her niece, who was 25 years his junior.

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