“Benjamin Harrison: Hoosier Warrior” is the first book in a three-volume series by Harry J. Sievers. Published in 1952 (five decades after Harrison’s death) it was the first major biography of the life of the 23rd president.
A quarter-century earlier, historian Albert Volwiler was hired by a Harrison-focused foundation to write his biography. But despite almost two decades of exclusive access to Harrison’s papers, Volwiler failed to produce even a rough draft. In 1949 the foundation hired Sievers, then a graduate student, to undertake the mission.
Within a year Sievers completed his doctorate. Not coincidentally, his thesis covered much of Harrison’s early life. And within another two years he had completed the biography’s first installment. After several timing and logistical challenges the final two volumes were published over the next sixteen years. The resulting series remains the most comprehensive and detailed analysis of Benjamin Harrison’s life ever…
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