Description: This broadside was printed by the Republican party during the presidential campaign of Benjamin Harrison and Levi P. Morton. The paper is illustrated in pale reds, whites, and blues. Striped block letters that read "OUR NATION'S CHOICE" are printed across the top; beneath this headline, oval portraits of Harrison and Morton are framed by women in Classical attire and a large arrangements of flowers, leaves, shields, and flags. Two narrow columns of text line the sides, with two wider columns of text along the bottom portion. The lower corners feature illustrations and quotes of Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant.
Harrison, the grandson of President William Henry Harrison, would go on to become the 23rd President of the United States, serving a single term: 1889-1893. Born in North Bend, Ohio, Harrison was elected from the state of Indiana, where he lived after his service in the U. S. Civil War. He was one of only four presidents in United States history to be elected to the presidency by the electoral college though he lost the popular vote. View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: OVS4836 Subjects: Ohio History--Presidents and Politics; Harrison, Benjamin, 1833-1901; Republican Party; Advertisements; Broadsides--1880-1890; Ohio--Politics and government; Presidential elections--1880-1890
'Tail End of the Republican Presidential Procession' cartoonSave
Description: "The Tail End of the Republican Presidential Procession" cartoon depicting Benjamin Harrison, drawn by Frederick Opper and published in Puck Magazine, August 22, 1888. The cartoon shows Harrison parading as "The Greatest Living Statesman," and carrying "Free whiskey for the promotion of Temperance and morality." Puck was America's first successful humor magazine of colorful cartoons, caricatures and political satire of the issues of the day. It was published from 1871 until 1918. View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: AL04091 Subjects: Presidents--Election; Ohio History--Presidents and Politics; Cartoonists; Harrison, Benjamin, 1833-1901
Description: Photograph of a patriotic window display advertising war bonds at The F. & R. Lazarus Company, 1944. The display features mannequins of United States Presidents Zachary Taylor, Millard Fillmore, and Franklin Pierce. Between 1851 and 1965, the F & R Lazarus Company retail store dominated the trade and physical landscape of Columbus. The company rose from its early years as a men's clothier in a 20 x 40 foot room downtown, to its position by 1965 as a member of the largest department store chain, Federated Department Stores. Lazarus' growth reflects that of the capital city; from small beginnings through a "golden age" of downtown development, and eventually branching out into the surrounding countryside. In 2003, the Lazarus Company was incorporated with Macy's, a member of the Federated Department stores, and is no longer in existence. View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: AL04384 Subjects: Lazarus Department Store; Presidents--United States; Ohio Economy--Economy--Business Places: Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio)
Description: The dining tent and its diners that was set up during a camping trip taken by rubber manufacturer Harvey Firestone, inventor Thomas Edison and automobile manufacturer Henry Ford in 1921. This trip was one of many that Ford, Firestone, and Edison took together between 1916 and 1924. Harding was invited to their camping trip in Maryland in July of 1921, which became known as "Camp Harding." The circular dining table was nine feet in diameter and had a Lazy Susan on the top so that diners could reach any of the dishes they wanted. It also folded so that it could be transported easily. View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: AL03564 Subjects: Presidents--United States; Ohio History--Presidents and Politics; Industrialists--Ohio; Inventors Places: Pecktonville (Maryland); Pecktonville (Maryland)
Description: Front page of the Columbus Dispatch announcing the death of President William McKinley, September 14, 1901. Just six months after his inauguration for a second term as president, McKinley was visiting the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York, on September 1, 1901, when he was shot by anarchist Leon Czolgosz during a public reception. Though he initially appeared to be recovering well, his health took a turn for the worse and he succumbed to his injuries in the early morning hours of September 14th. His death meant the third successful presidential assassination in our country’s history, and the second for a president from Ohio.
In the wake of McKinley's assassination, memorials to the fallen president abounded, including the creation of the McKinley Memorial in Canton, Ohio, completed in 1907. Two of his lasting contributions include far more vigilant security for U.S. presidents over the past century, and the selection of the red carnation as Ohio’s state flower in 1904. View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: P245_B01F19_001 Subjects: McKinley, William, 1843-1901; Presidents--Death and burial; Ohio History--Presidents and Politics; Assassinations; Newspapers Places: Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio); Buffalo (New York);
Description: United States President Warren G. Harding (1865-1923) standing at tee at Shaughnessy Heights Golf Club in Vancouver, Canada.
Harding was the 29th U.S. president and served in office from 1921 to 1923.
Warren Gamaliel Harding was born on a farm in the small Ohio community of Corsica (now Blooming Grove). He graduated from Ohio Central College (now defunct) in 1882 and moved to Marion, Ohio, where he worked as a newspaper reporter, got married to Florence Kling De Wolfe, and eventually became a newspaper publisher. His political career began in 1898 by winning election to the Ohio Senate where he served two terms. He was elected lieutenant governor in 1903. Despite his defeat in his campaign for governor in 1910, he remained active in Republican politics. On most issues he allied himself with the conservative (“Old Guard”) wing of the Republican Party. He won the 1914 Republican primary election as a candidate for the United States Senate and was elected for the 1915-1921 term. Harding resigned from the United States Senate in December 1920, and was inaugurated twenty-ninth President of the United States on March 4, 1921.
Even though his post World War I campaign was promising a "return to normalcy" with following words: "America's present need is not heroics, but healing; not nostrums but normalcy; not revolution, but restoration,", he was unsuccessful in fulfilling his promise and is considered by historians to be one of America's worst presidents.
View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: AL07660 Subjects: Harding, Warren G. (Warren Gamaliel), 1865-1923--Photographs; Ohio History--Presidents and Politics; Golf; Presidents--United States--1920-1930 Places: Vancouver (Canada)
Description: Four photographs taken in January 1937 depict the town of Point Pleasant, Ohio, particularly the area surrounding the birthplace of Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885), Civil War general and the eighteenth president of the United States. The first image shows the cabin marking Grant's birthplace nearly submerged by flood waters on January 26, 1937. The next three photographs were taken two days later on January 28, 1937. They depict the house and surrounding area. The final image shows the Grant Memorial Bridge, almost fully covered by water. The photographs measure 5" by 7" (12.7 by 17.8 cm). Along the Ohio River, from Gallipolis to the Ohio-Indiana border, January 1937 was a terrible month. New high-water marks were set at every town. Portsmouth and Cincinnati were particularly affected. In the Queen City, waters rose to nearly 80 feet, a new record. Flooding extended beyond Ohio too, impacting the lives of more than a million people and causing hundreds of millions of dollars in damage. Dayton and the Miami Valley were spared, however, as flood control efforts in the region protected it from harm. View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: Om3222_3832033_001 Subjects: Presidents and Politics; Transportation; Climate and Weather; Architecture; Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1885; Presidents; Floods; Houses; Bridges Places: Point Pleasant (Ohio); Clermont County (Ohio)
Description: Portrait of Benjamin Harrison who served as President from 1889-1893. Benjamin Harrison (1833-1901) was born on his family's farm in North Bend, Ohio. He attended Farmer's College near Cincinnati and later transferred to Miami University in Oxford. He graduated from that institution in 1852 and went on to read law in Cincinnati. In 1853, Harrison married Caroline Scott and the couple moved to Indianapolis, where Benjamin Harrison set up a successful law practice. He also became involved in the newly formed Republican Party. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Harrison helped to raise the 70th Indiana Infantry regiment and served with distinction. When the war ended, Harrison returned to Indianapolis and resumed his law practice and political activities. He ran unsuccessfully for governor of Indiana in 1876 and was elected to the U. S. Senate in 1881. Harrison was chosen as the Republican nominee for President in 1888. During the campaign he supported a high tariff to protect American industries against foreign competition. Harrison won the election and during his term in office, Congress raised the tariff and passed acts relating to coining silver money and regulating monopolies. The United States also became more involved in foreign affairs. Harrison ran unsuccessfully for re-election in 1892. Many of his policies had proved unpopular and his wife was terminally ill, which limited his campaigning. Harrison died in 1901. Whitelaw Reid (1837-1912) was a native of Xenia. Like Harrison, he was also a graduate of Miami University. He gained acclaim as a newspaper man and wrote for papers in Xenia and Cincinnati before becoming the managing editor of the New York Tribune. Later in life, Reid served as ambassador to Great Britain. View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: AL01076 Subjects: Presidents--United States; Ohio History--Presidents and Politics
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