About Collecting Benjamin Harrison Autographs
Benjamin Harrison’s law firm was an early user of the typewriter so typed letters with the earliest dates are usually his. He continued, however, to write letters himself right through his presidency. The letters are almost all brief and are about average in volume. Harrison was an unemotional and taciturn man as a rule who could be very short with people, but his correspondence surprises you with unexpected flashes of heat and bluntness leavened with an occasional discussion of principles (such as writing, while filling his Cabinet, “I am very solicitous to secure a man whose mention will give the assurance of a safe & efficient management of the Treasury.”). The economy was poor during his presidency, and he lost popularity and reelection as a result. However, the pioneering Sherman Antitrust Act was passed during his time in office.