Before he was President: Benjamin Harrison
Harrison, 1889-1893 court decisions reporter of the Indiana Supreme
Benjamin was 7 years old when his grandfather, William Henry
Harrison, became the 7th President of the United States. As you
might expect, the grandson of the President had access to many books
and lots of education. Although not considered wealthy, Benjamin's
father did send his sons to a private school in their teenage years.
He became an attorney at 20 years of age.
Benjamin and his wife Carrie moved to the new city of Cincinnati.
They were able to ship all of their possessions there for 91 cents.
Even with the celebrity of his grandfather, Benjamin had a tough
time getting new clients so he took a second job as the town's court
crier for $2.50 a day.
Harrison also had electricity installed in the White House for the
first time by Edison General Electric Company, but he and his wife
would not touch the light switches for fear of electrocution and
would often go to sleep with the lights on. Benjamin Harrison By
Charles William Calhoun
William McKinley, 1897-1901
In 1861 McKinley had to drop out of college due to illness and
shortage of money. He took a job at the post office and then a job
as a teacher making $25.00 a month. However, he would go back to
college after the Civil War and complete a law degree.
In June of 1861 he joined the Army. He was given a $400.00 signing
bonus (over a year’s salary for him) and $13.00 a month as a
Theodore Roosevelt, 1901-1909
An early business venture of Theodore Roosevelt's was that of a
rancher. He started his own ranch in the Dakota Badlands and called
it Elk Horn. He had a few employees, but did the same work that was
required of them. Unfortunately, the ranching did not work out for
Roosevelt, but during this time he also acquired a tough guy
reputation. One story recounts he tracked down the thieves that
stole horses from his ranch. He and two of his employees snuck up on
the three thieves, caught them, and then, forced them to march for
one week to the nearest sheriff. Another story tells of a bar fight
he was in when a drunk patron armed with two pistols called
Roosevelt "4 Eyes" because of the glasses he wore. However, before
the drunk bully could lift up his hands Roosevelt knocked him out