Benjamin Harrison was nominated for 23rd American President on the eighth ballot at the 1888 Republican Convention. He conducted one of the first "front-porch" campaigns, delivering short speeches to the delegations that visited him in Indianapolis. Democrats called him “Little Ben,” referring to his less than average height of only 5 feet, 6 inches tall. But the Republicans replied that he was big enough to wear the hat of his grandfather, "Old Tippecanoe." Early Life Born in 1833 on a farm by the Ohio River below Cincinnati, Harrison attended Miami University in Ohio and read law in Cincinnati. He moved to Indianapolis, where he practiced law and campaigned for the Republican Party. He married Caroline Lavinia Scott in 1853. His father explained to young Benjamin about how the political lifestyle was difficult and high-pressured, but his wife was supportive, and even encouraging, of his political aspirations. While living in Indiana, Benjamin Harrison started ...

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Hillary Clinton has spoken out about the increasing level of controversy surrounding her emails while she held the office of US secretary of state and has asked for the emails to be released to the public. Hillary Clinton mad a very public statement about her position in the controversy when she tweeted: "I want the public to see my email." She added in the tweet: "I asked State to release them . They said they will review them for release as soon as possible." The tweet from Hillary Clinton came after her emails were subject to a subpoena by a congressional committee investigating the deadly attack on the US embassy in Benghazi in 2012. According to a report by the BBC, the state department is examining her use of a personal email account as a possible breach of federal law. The controversy surrounding the emails could not have come at a worse time for Hillary ...

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Grover Cleveland remains the only President to leave the White House and return for a second term four years later. He filled the office as both the 22nd and the 24th American President. Early Life Grover Cleveland was born in New Jersey in 1837. He had a large family consisting of his eight siblings and his father who was a Presbyterian minister. He grew to adulthood in upstate New York, where he later became a lawyer in Buffalo. Cleveland became well-known for his single-minded concentration toward whatever task faced him. At 44, he emerged into a political prominence that carried him to the White House in three years. Running as a reformer, he was elected Mayor of Buffalo in 1881, and later, Governor of New York. The Presidency Grover Cleveland won his first Presidency with the combined support of Democrats and reform Republicans, the "Mugwumps," who disliked the record of his opponent James G. Blaine ...

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Chester Alan Arthur was the 21st President of the United States. He succeeded James Garfield upon the latter's assassination. Even though he became president unexpectedly, he made significant contributions to the civil service sector. His time in office was marked by an abundance of dignity and an absence of corruption. Humble beginnings Chester Arthur was the son of a Baptist preacher who emigrated from Northern Ireland. He was born in Fairfield, Vermont in 1829. He earned a degree from Union College in 1848 and went on to teach at a school. In the early 1850s, he served as the principal of schools in North Pownal, Vermont, and Cohoes, New York. In 1854, he was admitted to the New York bar and began practicing law in New York City. In 1859, Arthur married Ellen “Nell” Lewis Herndon, the Virginia-born daughter of a U.S. naval officer. The couple had two children who survived to adulthood: Chester ...

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Fighting over funding for the domestic security agency has finally come to an end, however while the money is now available, other issues have arisen from the saga. The House of Representatives has finally approved the funding for the year for the Department of Homeland Security following attempts by members of the Republican party to block the funding to effectively block an immigration bill brought in by President Obama. In the end the bill was passed by 257 votes to 167 and ended the standoff between the parties regarding the controversial immigration bill which would see millions of undocumented residents avoid deportation. According to a report by Reuters, Obama said on Tuesday night he would sign the funding bill "as soon as I receive it," and added in a statement: "Today, after far too long, Congress finally voted to fully fund" the agency. While the vote ended a fight that brought the department to ...

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As the 2016 presidential elections draws closer even more names are coming forward to show their interest in running for the White House with the latest being Ben Carson. The retired surgeon, who has grown in popularity with so called Tea Party conservatives, has now formally shown his intentions to run for the White House as he puts together an exploratory committee to run for president. A report from the Wall Street Journal detailed a conversation with the campaign chief executive, Terry Giles, who confirmed the interest of Ben Carson in putting his name forward for the top job. According to a report by Reuters, with the exploratory committee, Carson can raise money that he can transfer to his campaign once it begins, the Wall Street Journal said. The Wall Street journal continued to outline how Carson has hired a number of people recently with one of these being a national finance director while ...

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The American public does not want politicians interfering with the federal reserve according to a new poll. The poll by Reuters-Ipsos found that while most people in America may not have a clue who actually runs the federal reserve, what they do know is that they do not want politicians to be involved in it. According to Reuters, only 24 percent of those polled said Congress should be allowed to have detailed oversight of the Fed, the poll shows, while more than double that amount said the central bank should be left alone. The poll was conducted among 1,388 Americans between February 20 and 24 and was conducted to try to measure just how much support the American public held for proposed legislation that would expose the Fed to a full government audit, a move being led by Rand Paul, a likely 2016 presidential candidate. Rand Paul, a Republican Senator from Kentucky, is looking ...

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Final approval has been given by the U.S House of Representatives to provide a spending stopgap for the Department of Homeland Security. Only hours before the spending ran out, the House approved the week long spending stop gap which led to the avoidance of a partial shut down of the department of Homeland Security which would lead to thousands of employees being left up in the air. According to Reuters, after a chaotic day that featured an embarrassing rebuke to Republican House Speaker John Boehner from angry conservatives, the House voted 357-60 to keep the lights on at the Department of Homeland Security for at least one more week. The Senate had already passed the one-week extension a few hours earlier. President Barack Obama was expected to quickly sign it. Thanks to the chaos of the house many have questioned the ability of the speaker to be able to control the situation. According to Reuters, the House rejected ...

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