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Mary Harrison McKee (1858-1930)

Mary Harrison McKee (1858-1930), the Harrisons' daughter, lived in the White House with her husband and two children during her father's administration. The press and the public relished stories and photographs featuring the children. After the death of her mother, Mary McKee acted as First Lady during the last months of her father's term in office.

 


Benjamin Harrison, Twenty-third President, 1889-93

Grandson of President William Henry Harrison and great-grandson of a signer of the Declaration of Independence, Benjamin Harrison was a colonel in the Civil War and a Senator from Indiana prior to becoming president. A gifted public speaker, Harrison was so cold on a personal level--obsessed with germs, he wore gloves when shaking hands--that he was nicknamed the "Human Iceberg." During Harrison's administration, six states were admitted to the Union. He approved the Dependent Pension Act establishing funds for disabled Civil War veterans that Grover Cleveland had vetoed, set aside large appropriations for rivers and harbors, laid the groundwork for trade agreements with Latin America, and saw Congress pass the Sherman Silver Bill of 1890. The bill committed the U.S. Treasury to buy 4.5 million ounces of silver per month which triggered the Panic of 1893--just in time for Grover Cleveland's second administration.

 


"He’s All Right," Benjamin Harrison campaign song

"He's All Right" from the recording entitled Presidential Campaign Songs 1789-1996, Folkways 45051, provided courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. © 1999. Used by permission.

Sources of words and melody unknown; arranged by Oscar Brand/TRO-Hollis Music, Inc., BMI

Partial lyrics:
"Oh what’s the matter with Harrison
He’s all right
There can be no comparison
He’s all right
Ben’s a man who bravely went
For his native land to shoot
Where has Grover Cleveland skulked
Behind the nearest substitute
So what’s the matter with Harrison
He’s all right…"

 


 



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