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PRESIDENT BENJAMIN HARRISON - MANUSCRIPT LETTER SIGNED 10/04/1886 - HFSID 28059

BENJAMIN HARRISON Campaigning in Indiana for Republicans. Manuscript LS: "Benj Harrison", Indianapolis, Ind., 1886 October 4. To Dr. J. Gardner, Bedford, Ind. In full: "Your letter of the 29th ult. I find here from a trip in the Northern part of the state.

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Condition: lightly creased, otherwise fine condition
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BENJAMIN HARRISON
Campaigning in Indiana for Republicans.
Manuscript LS: "Benj Harrison", Indianapolis, Ind., 1886 October 4. To Dr. J. Gardner, Bedford, Ind. In full: "Your letter of the 29th ult. I find here from a trip in the Northern part of the state. I will arrange this morning with our Committee for another weeks (sic) campaign and hope to be able to include Mitchell and Bedford in the list." Mitchell and Bedford are in Lawrence County in southern Indiana. In 1886, Indiana's Democratic-controlled state legislature defeated Harrison's bid for a second term in the U.S. Senate by one vote. The Republicans planned the election of 1888 very carefully. In 1884, the Democrats had won Indiana's 15 electoral votes so, in 1888, the Republicans nominated Benjamin Harrison of Indiana for President. Grover Cleveland, Governor of New York, had carried his home state in 1884, but he was not on good terms with the Tammany Hall Democratic political machine in 1888, so the Republicans nominated a New Yorker, Levi P. Morton, for Vice President. The electoral vote totals in 1884 and 1888 were almost identical. All 18 states won by the Republicans in 1884 went Republican in 1888. All but two of the states that the Democrats won in 1884 were won by the Democrats in 1888. The only difference was that New York (36 electoral votes) and Indiana (15 electoral votes) went Democratic in 1884, electing Cleveland (219-182 electoral votes), and Republican in 1888, electing Harrison (233-168 electoral votes). Folds, vertical fold touches the first "r" in Harrison. Lightly creased. Fine condition.

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