Next in a series taking a look at our mostly forgotten Presidents, so we can compare what we had with what we have now.
Here, Benjamin Harrison, the 23rd President.
The second of eight children, he was the grandson of President William Henry Harrison, and great grandson of Benjamin Harrison V, governor of Virginia and signer of the Declaration of Independence.
He was the eighth Benjamin Harrison in his family.
His early schooling took place in a one room schoolhouse.
During the Civil War, Harrison rose to the rank of Brigadier General, and participated in Sherman's march to the sea.
Harrison was elected to serve as Senator by the state of Indiana from 1881 to 1887.
Harrison was elected President in 1888 as a Republican. Although he received 90,000 fewer popular votes, he carried the electoral college 233 to 168.
Harrison was both preceded as President by Grover Cleveland, and followed as President by Cleveland.
While President, he was a champion of civil rights, and made the last serious effort at civil rights reform until the 1920's.
Harrison was the first President the have his voice recorded electronically, on a wax phonograph cylinder, in 1889.
He also had electricity installed for the first time in the White House by the Edison Electric Company.
More states were admitted to the union during his Presidency than any since President Washington. These six were Washington, North and South Dakota, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.
After his Presidency, he married for the second time to a woman 25 years his junior, and then sired his third child, a daughter. Scandalized by this randy behavior, his two adult children boycotted the wedding.