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In Memorial: Presidential Monuments Dedicated to Benjamin Harrison

By    |   Saturday, 14 Nov 2015 10:14 PM

Benjamin Harrison was the 24th president of the U.S., and like other presidents, has memorials named in his honor.

Presidency: Benjamin Harrison was the grandson of William Henry Harrison, who was the ninth U.S. president. While Benjamin Harrison's presidency was not plagued by a depression or known for any immense accomplishments, he paved the way for future economic policies that would change the country. Harrison's actions included a proposal to annex Hawaii, signing the bill to expand the U.S. Naval Forces, and work to support tariffs – which would later lead to many economic blunders for the U.S., according to the White House Historical Association. He was also responsible for the first billion-dollar appropriation by Congress outside of wartime.

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Early Life: Benjamin Harrison was born on Aug. 20, 1833, in North Bend, Ohio. Harrison graduated from Miami University in 1852 and went on to marry his first wife, Caroline, on Oct. 20, 1853. Caroline and Benjamin Harrison went on to have two children: Mary Scott and Russell Benjamin.

Monument: The home of Benjamin and Caroline Harrison was built in 1874 in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is now the site of the president’s memorial. The house, which Benjamin Harrison lived in until 1901, was sold in 1937 by Harrison’s second wife, Mary, to the Jordan Conservatory of Music with the agreement that the artifacts would be preserved and maintained. After its renovation in 1974 the tour became open to the public on a daily basis.

There is also a statue of Harrison, created in 1908, located in Indianapolis. Made of bronze and atop an oval limestone base, designer Henry Bacon and sculptor Charles Henry Niehaus, the statue depicts Harrison standing before a Greek-style chair and wearing open overcoat. The statue is located at University Park, and is a part of the Indiana World War Memorial Plaza in downtown Indianapolis. The location was chosen because Harrison gave many speeches and held many meetings in University Park.

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