Harrison, Benjamin, 1927, Biographical Sketch
GRANDSON OF President William Henry Harrison, the second President to bear the family name, has left a record that is conspicuous chiefly for the aloofness of his personality. An able speaker, it was said of him that if he addressed ten thousand men, he would capture them all, but if he met them separately and privately, every one of them would come away his opponent. When Senator Reed was urged to get on the "Harrison band wagon," he retorted, "You should say ice wagon." To such a degree did the President carry his austerity, that callers at the White House were never offered a chair, while he sat tapping his desk, impatient for them to go. Nominated in 1888 at the suggestion of Blaine, who had refused the candidacy, Harrison is one of a dozen other instances where the Presidency overtook and surprised the man. In no way responsible for the legislation that was enacted during his term, the administration was the period of the inauguration of the McKinley Tariff Act, the Sherman Law and the Silver Law.
1. Brief Biographies of our Presidents and the First Ladies of the Land, 1927, American Weekly, Inc., page 24.
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