Sunday, July 4, 2010
Fun Facts about the 23rd President of the United States:
--Harrison lost the popular vote to Grover Cleveland, but carried the Electoral College 233 to 168, probably due to fraudulent balloting in New York and Indiana.
--Harrison's inaugural address was delivered during a rainstorm, and during his speech Grover Cleveland held an umbrella over Harrison's head. Try to imagine such a thing happening these days.
--Benjamin Harrison's grandfather was the 9th President of the U.S., William Henry Harrison.
--Harrison was the first President to have his voice recorded and preserved. He also had electricity installed in the White House for the first time, though he and his wife were afraid to touch the light switches for fear of electrocution.
--After he lost his bid for re-election he married the niece of his deceased first wife, who was twenty-five years his junior.
--Harrison had a pet goat named His Whiskers. This is not a joke.