Quotations From BENJAMIN HARRISON


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  • It is essential that none of the other great powers shall secure these islands [Hawaii]. Such a possession would not consist with our safety and with the peace of the world.
    Benjamin Harrison (1833-1901), U.S. president. Special Message to Congress, February 15, 1893. Public Papers and Addresses of Benjamin Harrison, Twenty-Third President of the United States, p. 215, Government Printing Office (1893). Harrison tried to annex Hawaii in 1893.

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  • The disfranchisement of a single legal elector by fraud or intimidation is a crime too grave to be regarded lightly.
    Benjamin Harrison (1833-1901), U.S. president. Letter to M.M. Estee, accepting first nomination, September 11, 1888. Public Papers and Addresses of Benjamin Harrison, Twenty-Third President of the United States, p. 5, Government Printing Office (1893). Harrison has been described as the president most concerned about the rights of African Americans of all those who served between Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt.
  • When and under what conditions is the black man to have a free ballot? When is he in fact to have those full civil rights which have so long been his in law?
    Benjamin Harrison (1833-1901), U.S. president. Annual Message to Congress, December 3, 1889. Public Papers and Addresses of Benjamin Harrison, Twenty-Third President of the United States, p. 62, Government Printing Office (1893).

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