“The Presidency of Benjamin Harrison” by Homer Socolofsky and Allan Spetter was published in 1987 and is part of the American Presidency Series (from the University Press of Kansas). Socolofsky was a history professor at Kansas State University for more than four decades; he died in 2005 at the age of 83. Spetter is a retired professor at Wright State University.
As its title suggests, this biography is far more focused on Benjamin Harrison’s presidency than any other aspect of his life. But while the book opens with Harrison’s inauguration, it does quickly review his road to the White House including his youth, Civil War service and nascent political career. Though far too brief a summary to form part of a comprehensive biography, this survey of his pre-presidency is excellent.
The book’s core mission is the critical analysis of Harrison’s presidency, and from its earliest pages it is abundantly clear…
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