In Office: 1889-1893
- KidGloves Harrison (attributed to the mudslinging or to the fact that he was prone to skin rashes and wore gloves frequently)
- The White House Iceberg or Human Iceberg (Gave warm speeches to groups but was very cold one-on-one)
- Young Tippecanoe (Grandson of Ol Tippecanoe)
- The Front Porch Campaigner (gave more than 90 impromptu speeches from his front porch)
- Grandfather’s Hat (from Campaign song “Grandfather’s Hat Fits Ben”)
- First President to attend a baseball game. He watched the Cincinnati Reds beat the Washington Senators 7 to 4 on June 6, 1892
- Grandson of 9th President William Henry Harrison
- Theodore Roosevelt said of B. Harrison: “He is a cold-blooded, narrow-minded, prejudiced, obstinate, timid old psalm-singing Indianapolis politician.”
- Harrison had over 1 million fewer votes than President Cleveland but won the electoral votes of 20 states to Cleveland’s 18, giving him the electoral majority of 233-168 votes.
- After his term, he ran for re-election against Cleveland again. Harrison’s wife was sick with tuberculosis and she died during this time so Harrison did not actively campaign. Neither did Cleveland. It was the first time no candidates campaigned for the presidential election. Cleveland ultimately won with 227 electoral votes to Harrison’s 145.
- He was the first president to use electricity in the White House. After he got an electrical shock, he and his family refused to touch the light switches and would often go to bed without turning off any of the lights.
- Harrison made 140 completely different speeches in 30 days.
- He was the last president to wear a beard while in office.
- One of his relatives – great grandson ran for President in 1988…Any guesses?
- When North and South Dakota were admitted to the Union, Harrison covered up the tops of the bills and shuffled them about so neither he nor anyone else would know which was admitted first. We will never know which one is the 39th or the 40th state admitted to the Union.