5 Things You Didn't Know About Benjamin Harrison

On August 20, 1833, Benjamin Harrison, the 23rd President of the United States, and grandson of the 9th president, was born in North Bend, Ohio. Here are 5 things you probably didn’t know about Benjamin Harrison.

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Harrison Was the Last President with a Full Beard, and the First to Have His Voice Recorded Benjamin Harrison was the last president in history to sport a full beard, which soon went out of fashion in the following century.Yet he was also living in the early years of some exciting new technological developments − in 1889 Harrison had a 36-second speech recorded on a wax phonograph cylinder, making him the first president in history whose voice was preserved.

He Had Electricity Installed in The White House When it comes to the presidential living quarters, one of the most memorable of Benjamin Harrison facts is that during his time in office, electric lighting was installed in the house by the Edison General Electric Company. Yet reportedly, Harrison and his wife Caroline were very nervous of electrocution, and would avoid touching the light switches at all costs!

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He Was the Last President Who Served During the Civil War When the Civil War broke out in 1861, Harrison joined the Union Army as a lieutenant in the 70th Indiana Volunteer Infantry Regiment. In 1865, Harrison was appointed as a brevet brigadier general by President Abraham Lincoln.

He was President William Henry Harrison’s Grandson Harrison was seven when his grandfather, William Henry Harrison, was elected as the country’s ninth president. His parents were not wealthy, and his father, John Scott Harrison, was a farmer, although he served for four years in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

He Was The First President to Lose to a Former President Benjamin Harrison defeated the incumbent President Grover Cleveland in the election of 1888. However, in his bid for re-election in 1892, Harrison was defeated by Cleveland making it the only time an incumbent president was defeated by a former president.The Election of 1892 also gave us another first. It was the first time no candidate campaigned in a presidential election. Neither Harrison nor Cleveland actively campaigned, relying on surrogates instead.