(26.) BENJAMIN HARRISON (1833-1901)
Republican Harrison/Whitelaw Reid
Defeated by Democrat Grover Cleveland/Adlai E. Stevenson, 1892
Benjamin Harrison was a grandson of our ninth president, William Harrison. He began his public career as a court reporter. Later he practiced law and served in the Civil War as a 2nd Lieutenant, with promotion to Colonel.
Harrison declined a place in Garfield’s cabinet, but was elected to the U. S. Senate. He led the Senate in opposition to Cleveland’s vetoes. Harrison was a strong advocate of civil service reform.
As the Republican candidate in 1888, he had defeated Cleveland and served one term as chief executive. After his defeat for re-election, he resumed his law practice and was chief counsel in the arbitration suit between Venezuela and British Guinea on a boundary line dispute.