Benjamin Harrison 1888 Campaign Handkerchief
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Benjamin Harrison 1888 Campaign Handkerchief:
This item is a printed cotton campaign handkerchief in support of presidential candidate Benjamin Harrison and vice presidential candidate Levi P. Morton from 1888. This handkerchief is printed with a blue ground with portraits of each man and a partial image at the center with the word “Protection”. The dimensions are 25 by 22 inches. Benjamin Harrison (August 20, 1833 – March 13, 1901) was the 23rd President of the United States (1889–1893). Harrison was born in North Bend, Ohio, and moved to Indianapolis, Indiana, at age 21, eventually becoming a prominent politician there. During the American Civil War, he served the Union as a brigadier general in the XX Corps of the Army of the Cumberland. Harrison, a Republican, was elected to the presidency in 1888, defeating the Democratic incumbent Grover Cleveland. His administration is remembered most for economic legislation, including the McKinley Tariff and the Sherman Antitrust Act, and for annual federal spending that reached one billion dollars for the first time.