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Benjamin Harrison

Artist
Theodore Clement Steele, 11 Sep 1847 - 26 Jul 1926
Sitter
Benjamin Harrison, 20 Aug 1833 - 13 Mar 1901
Date
1900
Type
Painting
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
Stretcher: 101.9 × 127.6 × 3cm (40 1/8 × 50 1/4 × 1 3/16")
Frame: 129.5 x 154.9 x 12.7cm (51 x 61 x 5")
Credit Line
Owner: Purdue University
Website: www.purdue.edu/
Object number
L/NPG.2.99
Exhibition Label
Twenty-third president, 1889–1893
Although the United States is a popular democracy, the American electorate has shown a predisposition for political dynasties such as the Adamses, the Kennedys, and the Bushes. Benjamin Harrison, an Indianapolis lawyer, came from a political family and was the grandson of the ninth president, William Henry Harrison. Benjamin’s political career, like his grandfather’s, was aided by his military service. During the Civil War, he raised the Seventieth Indiana Regiment, which would be instrumental in the capture of Atlanta. Ending his military career in 1865 as a brigadier general, Harrison became involved in Indiana politics and was elected to the Senate in 1881. A compromise nominee of the Republican Party for the presidency in 1888, he defeated incumbent Democrat Grover Cleveland in the general election. Harrison’s presidency was dominated by economic issues, especially high taxes—or tariffs—but the growth of government spending on his watch caused a backlash, and Cleveland came back to defeat him in the 1892 election.
23o presidente, 1889–1893
Aunque Estados Unidos es una democracia popular, el electorado ha mostrado predilección por las dinastías políticas: los Adams, los Kennedy, los Bush. Benjamin Harrison, abogado de Indianápolis, venía de una familia de políticos y era nieto del novena presidente, William Henry Harrison. La Carrera política de Benjamin, como la de su abuelo, se benefició de su servicio militar. Durante la Guerra Civil formó al Septuagésimo Regimiento de Indiana, que desempeñaría un papel crucial en la captura de Atlanta. Al terminar su Carrera militar en 1865 con el rango de brigadier general, Harrison se interesó en la política de Indiana y fue electo al Senado en 1881. En 1888, nominado a la presidencia por el Partido Republicano como candidato de consenso, derrotó en las elecciones generals al incumbente demócrata, Grover Cleveland. En la presidencia de Harrison predominaron los debates económicos, sobre todo por los altos impuestos (o tarifas), y el aumento en los gastos del gobierno bajo su administración causó una tan reacción negative que Cleveland regresó y lo derrotó en las elecciones de 1892.
Data Source
Catalog of American Portraits
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Catalog of American Portraits
Exhibition
America's Presidents (Reinstallation September 2017)
On View
NPG, West Gallery 210