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President Benjamin Harrison: Celebrating the 400th Anniversary of the Discovery of America

Document Signed

1 page

SMC 1173

President Harrison leads the nation in celebrating the Columbus quadricentennial by authorizing the Seal of the United States to be affixed to a document entitled "The administration of the United States Government at the beginning of the four hundredth anniversary of the discovery of America."
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President Benjamin Harrison Appoints a Commissioner for the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago

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SMC 1176

President Benjamin Harrison appoints a commissioner for the exposition celebrating four hundred years since Columbus discovered America. The Exposition was held in Chicago and ran from 1 May 1893 until 30 October of that year.
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One of Benjamin Harrison's First Personal Checks as President

Check Signed

1 page

SMC 1177

This, one of the first personal checks signed by Benjamin Harrison as president, was written to the Treasurer of the American Bar Association, Francis Rawle of Philadelphia.
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President Benjamin Harrison Discusses a Letter Written by his Grandfather, William Henry Harrison

Autograph Letter Signed

1 page

SMC 1235

President Benjamin Harrison thanks Curtis Guild, Sr., a collector, for sending him a copy of a letter written by his grandfather, William Henry Harrison. The President is pleased to have obtained a letter of "great family interest."
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Young Benjamin Harrison Writes President Lincoln About

Autograph Letter Signed

1 page

SMC 1236

Young Benjamin Harrison, who had made stump speeches for President Lincoln's campaign calls in a favor just two days into Lincoln's administration: he endorses Senatorial Elector and Lincoln canvasser Will Cumback as worthy of "a mark of Administrative favor." Lincoln appoints Cumback paymaster.
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Senator Benjamin Harrison on Writing about the

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2 pages

SMC 1237

Benjamin Harrison declines to write a short tribute to Abraham Lincoln, explaining that as he is short on time, it would not be appropriate to take on the task, as one must choose one's words wisely when discussing Lincoln.
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President Benjamin Harrison is

Autograph Letter Signed

1 page

SMC 1238

President Benjamin Harrison writes to his aunt, and tells her that with not a soul in the White House but himself, it is "very lonesome."
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A Scarce Signed Photograph of Benjamin Harrison as President

Signed Photograph

1 page

SMC 1243

Rare signed photograph of Benjamin Harrison as President.
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Former President Benjamin Harrison Explains That Former Presidents Should Be Seen and Not Heard

Autograph Letter Signed

1 page

SMC 1244

Appalled by William McKinley's imperialism, Benjamin Harrison declines to endorse and speak on his behalf, insisting that former presidents should be "seen and not heard."
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Benjamin Harrison Names Solomon Hirsch Minister to Turkey, the Third Jew to Hold That Diplomatic Rank

Autograph Letter Signed

2 pages

SMC 1531

Solomon Hirsch tops President Benjamin Harrison's list of diplomatic appointees. Harrison was indebted to the German-born Hirsch, who carried his home-state of Oregon as Republican.
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Benjamin Harrison: The Earliest Known Example of a Typewritten Presidential Letter

Typed Letter Signed

1 page

SMC 1818

This 1889 letter to a book bindery owner in Philadelphia, thanking him for the gift of an olive wood box which he had made especially for the new President, is the earliest known example of a presidential typewritten letter.
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