1881-1887, U.S. Senator Benjamin Harrison


This U.S. Senator Benjamin Harrison history mug is one of a collection of U.S. Governance biographical mugs.  An image of Benjamin Harrison and a short biography are features of this history mug.

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Benjamin Harrison was the grandson of the ninth U.S. president, William Henry Harrison.  During the Civil War, he served as a colonel and later as a brevet brigadier general of volunteers.  After the war, he became a U.S. senator from Indiana.  Elected to the presidency in 1888 by defeating incumbent Grover Cleveland in the 1892 election, Benjamin Harrison lost his bid for reelection when he, in turn, was defeated by Cleveland.  Hallmarks of his presidency were unprecedented economic legislation including the McKinley Tariff and the Sherman Antitrust Act.  Harrison created the National Forest System with an amendment to the Land Revision Act of 1891.

The United States Senate and House of Representatives comprise the legislative branch of the U.S. government.  Each state has two senators regardless of the state’s population.  U.S. senators serve staggered terms of six years.  Prior to 1913, senators were appointed by their state legislatures.  This changed with the 17th Amendment, which mandated senators be elected by popular vote.  The Senate has the power to ratify treaties and to confirm cabinet secretaries, federal judges, Supreme Court justices, and other federal executive officials.

Benjamin Harrison was a member of the U.S. Senate prior to his election as president.  Many of the men who become president and vice president first served in Congress as members of the House of Representatives or in the U.S. Senate.  A number of these individuals first served in their state government as governor, state senator or in their state House of Representatives.

The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history.  The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton.  He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia-tone.  The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.

  • Mugs are food and microwave safe.
  • To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
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