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Benjamin Harrisons Presidency President Harrisons single term fell between the two terms of Grover Cleveland a Democrat Cleveland was popular with the people but unpopular with political leaders Harrison was popular with neither There was indeed something of a mystery in his being elected at all He was serious and dignified not a hand-shaking politician and not a leader of men On July 1 1862 Lincoln called for more troops Harrison went to the governor who asked him to recruit a regiment On his way back to his office he bought a military cap and hired a fifer and a drummer Then he put a flag out of his office window and began recruiting When the regiment was complete the governor commissioned him a colonel and Harrison set off with his troops By day he drilled his men at night he studied tactics Always he looked after his soldiers needs They called him Little Ben General Harrison went back to his work at the Supreme Court and his law practice He also took over again his large Bible class in the Presbyterian church where his wife taught Sunday school In 1876 Harrison ran for governor of Indiana The Democrats called him cold as an iceberg and nicknamed him Kid-Glove Harrison The Democratic candidate nicknamed Blue Jeans won the election Four years later the Indiana legislature elected Harrison to the United States Senate He served from 1881 to 1887 and won the good will of veterans by supporting the many private pension bills that came to him Great was the confusion in the Republican nominating convention of 1888 Senator James G Blaine the leader of the party had been defeated by Cleveland in 1884 and refused to run against him again The field was therefore open Harrison
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