1. Grandson of the 9th US President William Henry Harrison, Benjamin Harrison served as the 23rd President of the United States from 1889 to 1893. He owned an expanded vision which boosted US foreign policy goals and stated the nation`s role in world affairs.
2. Belonging to a family with a long history of politics, Benjamin Harrison started his political career after joining the Republican Party soon after its formation in 1856. He campaigned for many national candidates and participated in local races.
3. Soon after the war Harrison had to put a hold on his political aspirations and had to join the Union Army as an officer. He participated in the William Tecumseh Sherman’s Atlanta Campaign and was promoted to Brigadier general.
4. His career kick started again in 1865 but he had some unsuccessful runs in the office. Eventually he got voted to the United State Senate in 1880 but soon broke with is party over the controversial Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882.
5. Harrison had an unfortunate bid in re-election of 1885 but soon found himself in the spotlight when the Republican party had no one to turn to for the election of 1888. He won the election with the Electoral College.
6. Harrison`s government was faced with many financial issues including civil was reforms, regulation of tariffs and currency reforms. But his presidency led to the expansion of the country to include the states of Montana, Washington, Idaho, Wyoming and the Dakotas.
7. Due to worsening economic situation and the decline of the country towards a panic, President Harrison could not prevail over his unpopularity and lose the election against President Cleveland. He died in 1901 due to pneumonia in Indianapolis.