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21st Jan '14 11:07:44 AM MarkLungo
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->''"We Americans have no commission from God to police the world."''\\
--'''Benjamin Harrison'''

The twenty-third president, who served from [[TheGildedAge 1889]] to [[TheGayNineties 1893]] and came from UsefulNotes/{{Indianapolis}}, the only president whose grandfather was also president ([[UsefulNotes/WilliamHenryHarrison albeit very briefly]]) and the only one to be [[GroverCleveland preceded and succeeded by the same man]]. Also one of the few presidents who lost the popular vote but won a majority of the electoral vote. This was at least partially the result of blatant fraud; though Harrison himself was completely uninvolved, some of his supporters openly bought electoral votes to get him elected. He was America's centennial president, being inaugurated exactly 100 years after UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington.

As president, he signed the [=McKinley=] Tariff (one of the highest in US history, named after then-Representative WilliamMcKinley) and the Sherman Anti-Trust Act. He was also the first president to be recorded on a phonograph.

Electricity was first installed into the White House during Harrison's term, supplementing the gas lights already in use since no one at the time expected electricity to actually replace gas. Harrison and his wife refused to touch the electrical switches for fear of electrocution and left their operation to the White House staff. Two weeks before he lost his reelection bid, his wife died after a long illness. Shortly after, he married a [[MayDecemberRomance much younger woman]]. His two adult children, horrified at the thought of their dad [[ReplacementScrappy remarrying so quickly]] (and to someone younger than them), refused to attend the wedding.

Politically, his congress managed to squander a truly massive surplus on Civil War pensions and porkbarrel spending, and the national debt surpassed the one billion mark for the first time in American history. How much of this is his fault is one for the judges. Critics were outraged by the "Billion Dollar Congress" and Harrison, and he lost reelection to Cleveland.

Has a nice house that you can visit downtown.

[[NiceCharacterMeanActor He was very charismatic in public but ice cold in private.]] His great-grandfather, also named Benjamin, was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.

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!!Tropes embodied by Benjamin Harrison:

* EmbarrassingNickname: The Human Iceberg, for his cold and unfeeling personality.
* FormallyNamedPet: He had two pet opossums named Mr. Protection and Mr. Reciprocity.
* IceKing: To the point that he was nicknamed "The Human Iceberg" because of his cold and deatached personality.
* LastOfHisKind: Harrison was the last President who was in the Whig Party, before joining the Republicans, like so many Whigs did. So while UsefulNotes/MillardFillmore is ''officially'' the last Whig President, Harrison can be considered the last one in spirit.
* NiceCharacterMeanActor: He was very charismatic and appealing in public but was very cold and unfeeling in his private life.
* TheQuietOne
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->''"We Americans have no commission from God to police the world."''\\
--'''Benjamin Harrison'''

The twenty-third president, who served from [[TheGildedAge 1889]] to [[TheGayNineties 1893]] and came from UsefulNotes/{{Indianapolis}}, the only president whose grandfather was also president ([[UsefulNotes/WilliamHenryHarrison albeit very briefly]]) and the only one to be [[GroverCleveland preceded and succeeded by the same man]]. Also one of the few presidents who lost the popular vote but won a majority of the electoral vote. This was at least partially the result of blatant fraud; though Harrison himself was completely uninvolved, some of his supporters openly bought electoral votes to get him elected. He was America's centennial president, being inaugurated exactly 100 years after UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington.

As president, he signed the [=McKinley=] Tariff (one of the highest in US history, named after then-Representative WilliamMcKinley) and the Sherman Anti-Trust Act. He was also the first president to be recorded on a phonograph.

Electricity was first installed into the White House during Harrison's term, supplementing the gas lights already in use since no one at the time expected electricity to actually replace gas. Harrison and his wife refused to touch the electrical switches for fear of electrocution and left their operation to the White House staff. Two weeks before he lost his reelection bid, his wife died after a long illness. Shortly after, he married a [[MayDecemberRomance much younger woman]]. His two adult children, horrified at the thought of their dad [[ReplacementScrappy remarrying so quickly]] (and to someone younger than them), refused to attend the wedding.

Politically, his congress managed to squander a truly massive surplus on Civil War pensions and porkbarrel spending, and the national debt surpassed the one billion mark for the first time in American history. How much of this is his fault is one for the judges. Critics were outraged by the "Billion Dollar Congress" and Harrison, and he lost reelection to Cleveland.

Has a nice house that you can visit downtown.

[[NiceCharacterMeanActor He was very charismatic in public but ice cold in private.]] His great-grandfather, also named Benjamin, was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.

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!!Tropes embodied by Benjamin Harrison:

* EmbarrassingNickname: The Human Iceberg, for his cold and unfeeling personality.
* FormallyNamedPet: He had two pet opossums named Mr. Protection and Mr. Reciprocity.
* IceKing: To the point that he was nicknamed "The Human Iceberg" because of his cold and deatached personality.
* LastOfHisKind: Harrison was the last President who was in the Whig Party, before joining the Republicans, like so many Whigs did. So while UsefulNotes/MillardFillmore is ''officially'' the last Whig President, Harrison can be considered the last one in spirit.
* NiceCharacterMeanActor: He was very charismatic and appealing in public but was very cold and unfeeling in his private life.
* TheQuietOne
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12th Jan '14 11:55:43 AM MarkLungo
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* LastOfHisKind: Harrison was the last President who was in the Whig Party, before joining the Republicans, like so many Whigs did. So while MillardFillmore is ''officially'' the last Whig President, Harrison can be considered the last one in spirit.

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* LastOfHisKind: Harrison was the last President who was in the Whig Party, before joining the Republicans, like so many Whigs did. So while MillardFillmore UsefulNotes/MillardFillmore is ''officially'' the last Whig President, Harrison can be considered the last one in spirit.
8th Jan '14 11:05:24 AM MarkLungo
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->''"We Americans have no commission from God to police the world."''
-->-- '''Benjamin Harrison'''

The twenty-third president, who served from [[TheGildedAge 1889]] to [[TheGayNineties 1893]] and came from UsefulNotes/{{Indianapolis}}, the only president whose grandfather was also president ([[WilliamHenryHarrison albeit very briefly]]) and the only one to be [[GroverCleveland preceded and succeeded by the same man]]. Also one of the few presidents who lost the popular vote but won a majority of the electoral vote. This was at least partially the result of blatant fraud; though Harrison himself was completely uninvolved, some of his supporters openly bought electoral votes to get him elected. He was America's centennial president, being inaugurated exactly 100 years after GeorgeWashington.

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The twenty-third president, who served from [[TheGildedAge 1889]] to [[TheGayNineties 1893]] and came from UsefulNotes/{{Indianapolis}}, the only president whose grandfather was also president ([[WilliamHenryHarrison ([[UsefulNotes/WilliamHenryHarrison albeit very briefly]]) and the only one to be [[GroverCleveland preceded and succeeded by the same man]]. Also one of the few presidents who lost the popular vote but won a majority of the electoral vote. This was at least partially the result of blatant fraud; though Harrison himself was completely uninvolved, some of his supporters openly bought electoral votes to get him elected. He was America's centennial president, being inaugurated exactly 100 years after GeorgeWashington.
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* NiceCharacterMeanActor: He was very charismatic and apealing in public but was very cold and unfeeling in his private life.

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* NiceCharacterMeanActor: He was very charismatic and apealing appealing in public but was very cold and unfeeling in his private life.






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1st Nov '13 9:18:07 AM ThisIsATestTai
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From UsefulNotes/{{Indianapolis}}, the only president whose grandfather was also president ([[WilliamHenryHarrison albeit very briefly]]) and the only one to be [[GroverCleveland preceded and succeeded by the same man]]. Also one of the few presidents who lost the popular vote but won a majority of the electoral vote. This was at least partially the result of blatant fraud; though Harrison himself was completely uninvolved, some of his supporters openly bought electoral votes to get him elected. He was America's centennial president, being inaugurated exactly 100 years after GeorgeWashington.

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From The twenty-third president, who served from [[TheGildedAge 1889]] to [[TheGayNineties 1893]] and came from UsefulNotes/{{Indianapolis}}, the only president whose grandfather was also president ([[WilliamHenryHarrison albeit very briefly]]) and the only one to be [[GroverCleveland preceded and succeeded by the same man]]. Also one of the few presidents who lost the popular vote but won a majority of the electoral vote. This was at least partially the result of blatant fraud; though Harrison himself was completely uninvolved, some of his supporters openly bought electoral votes to get him elected. He was America's centennial president, being inaugurated exactly 100 years after GeorgeWashington.
2nd Aug '13 2:34:37 AM Saffron2
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* FormallyNamedPet: He had two pet oppossums named Mr. Protection and Mr. Reciprocity.

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* FormallyNamedPet: He had two pet oppossums opossums named Mr. Protection and Mr. Reciprocity.


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* LastOfHisKind: Harrison was the last President who was in the Whig Party, before joining the Republicans, like so many Whigs did. So while MillardFillmore is ''officially'' the last Whig President, Harrison can be considered the last one in spirit.
7th Jun '13 12:05:18 AM kgman
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* EmbarrassingNickname: The Human Iceberg, for his cold and unfeeling personality.
6th Jun '13 8:10:56 PM kgman
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* IceKing: To the point that he was nicknamed "The Human Icicle" because of his cold and deatached personality.

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* IceKing: To the point that he was nicknamed "The Human Icicle" Iceberg" because of his cold and deatached personality.personality.
* NiceCharacterMeanActor: He was very charismatic and apealing in public but was very cold and unfeeling in his private life.
6th Jun '13 8:01:56 PM kgman
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* IceKing: To the point that he was nicknamed "The Human Icicle" because of his cold and deatached personality.
6th Jun '13 7:57:32 PM kgman
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Tropes embodied by Benjamin Harrison:

* FormallyNamedPet: He had two pet oppossums named Mr. Protection and Mr. Reciprocity.
* TheQuietOne

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3rd Mar '13 12:55:42 PM karstovich2
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As president, he signed the [=McKinley=] Tariff (one of the highest in US history) and the Sherman Anti-Trust Act. He was also the first president to be recorded on a phonograph.

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As president, he signed the [=McKinley=] Tariff (one of the highest in US history) history, named after then-Representative WilliamMcKinley) and the Sherman Anti-Trust Act. He was also the first president to be recorded on a phonograph.
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