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Host: Simon Gregor
After four years of the Democrat Grover Cleveland, the US reverted to a Republican President in 1889 in the figure of Benjamin Harrison. Harrison was the grandson of the ninth President William Henry Harrison, who held the unfortunate record of having the shortest Presidency in US history; his grandson’s fate was somewhat better, but still only stretched to a single term. Harrison (junior’s) was the first administration to pass a Federal budget appropriation of $1bn, a sign of the changing times and economics; and indeed, Harrison would live long enough (just) to see the dawn of the twentieth century. Another President whose name rarely rings bells with most British (or indeed American) people, he nonetheless conducted the overture to the US transition into the modern world. In this talk, Simon will explore his life, his politics and his legacy.
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