An archival box of materials from the lives of Benjamin Harrison and Caroline Scott Harrison, including 28 letters and telegrams; ephemera and objects related to Harrison’s 1888 and 1892 Presidential campaigns; images from his time as President; newspaper clippings; and other media.
Letters, memorabilia of Benjamin Harrison and his wife, Caroline Scott Harrison. Benjamin Harrison, grandson of the ninth President (William Henry Harrison, elected in 1840), graduated from Miami University in 1852, served in the Civil War as a Union officer, and was elected to the United States Senate from Indiana in 1881. As Senator, Harrison defended the interests of homesteaders and Native Americans against the railroads, supported generous pensions for ex-soldiers, and fought for civil-service reform and a moderately protective tariff. He served one term as the 23rd President of the United States (1889-1893), a moderate Republican who won an electoral majority while losing the popular vote by more than 95,000 to Democrat Grover Cleveland. On his unsuccessful bid to secure a second term, he chose as his Vice-Presidential candidate Whitelaw Reid, Miami University alumnus (1856).
Benjamin and Caroline Scott Harrison
Benjamin and Caroline Scott Harrison Collection
Miami University Archives