This third and final volume in Harry J. Sievers' biography of Indiana's only President completes the map of Benjamin Harrison's life and career. The first two volumes are BENJAMIN HARRISON: HOOSIER WARRIOR (Through the Civil War Years, 1833-1865) and BENJAMIN HARRISON: HOOSIER STATESMAN (From the Civil War to the White House, 1865-1888).Father Sievers has prepared an exhauThis third and final volume in Harry J. Sievers' biography of Indiana's only President completes the map of Benjamin Harrison's life and career. The first two volumes are BENJAMIN HARRISON: HOOSIER WARRIOR (Through the Civil War Years, 1833-1865) and BENJAMIN HARRISON: HOOSIER STATESMAN (From the Civil War to the White House, 1865-1888).Father Sievers has prepared an exhaustive scholarly biography of a man of character and courage. The twenty-third President of the United States was marked from birth for high office, and the accomplishments of his administration (1889-1893) were many, though so often forgotten today. Harrison, a staunch Republican, defied the party by insisting on civil service reforms in the heyday of the Spoils System. He also attempted, without success, to bring the vote to Southern Negroes. He was an honest, capable President in an era of crooked politics, and this final volume of Father Sievers' biography rounds out the definitive study of the life and work of one of our more neglected political figures....
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Benjamin Harrison Vol. 3: Hoosier President: The White House & After 1889-1901 Reviews
http://bestpresidentialbios.com/2015/...“Benjamin Harrison: Hoosier President” is the final book in a three-volume series by Harry J. Sievers. Published between 1952 and 1968, this series provided the first major biographical review of Harrison and remains the most comprehensive and detailed analysis of his life ever published.In addition to being Harrison’s primary biographer, Sievers was a Jesuit priest and most recently served as Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Fordham University. He died in 1977.This final volume in the series covers the last dozen years of Harrison’s life beginning with his one-term presidency. It also encompasses the death of his first wife, his unsuccessful bid for re-election, his second marriage (to the daughter of his deceased wife’s sister, no less), his return to the practice of law and his death.Like the two earlier volumes in this series, the final volume is descriptive, easy to read, well organized and extensively documented. Chapters are arranged topically, but only during Harrison’s presidency does the flow break appreciably from chronological order. Even then, the author’s approach is so logical that the break from a strict timeline is rarely confusing.With 277 pages, “Hoosier President” is the shortest of the three volumes in this 1,000-page series. But only about half of this volume’s pages actually focus on Harrison’s presidency. The balance of the book covers the selection of his Cabinet, his family’s move into the White House, his inauguration, his campaign for re-election and his retirement from politics.Given the author’s proclivity for following Harrison day-to-day in previous volumes, I was fearful this final volume might become bogged down in the kind of presidential tedium that only Ben Harrison’s administration could offer. Instead, by the book’s end I almost wondered if I had accidentally skipped over one or more of the chapters covering his presidency.Although I encountered less of the drudgery than I had expected, I also seemed to witness less of his administration, period. The essence of a great presidential biography is the energetic and thorough dissection of a presidency, along with the analysis and judgement that leaves an indelible impression upon the reader. But that spark is missing from this volume.In hindsight, it feels as though the author completed this volume out of a fatigued sense of obligation rather than with enthusiasm or passion. By the time he completed the series, of course, he had been engaged in this extraordinary effort for nearly twenty years. And unlike most biographers, Sievers had no previous biographical infrastructure on which to build – he was carving a fresh path.But where biographers Flexner (Washington) and Malone (Jefferson) seemed to relish the last steps on their multi-volume journeys, “Hoosier President” exudes an unusual sense of relief…that the end has finally arrived. I finished this book (and, thus, the series) feeling a personal connection with Harrison himself, but with little sense of his presidency or political legacy. I am left wondering whether Harrison’s presidency can be deemed at all successful, and how history should remember this often-forgotten president.Overall, “Benjamin Harrison: Hoosier President” is a somewhat disappointing conclusion to an extremely worthy three-volume series on Benjamin Harrison. Harry Sievers deserves enormous credit for crafting the first-ever comprehensive account of Harrison’s life; it is a feat that has never been matched. But while the first two volumes were delightfully interesting and informative, “Hoosier President” feels like the work of an author keen to reach the finish line.Overall rating: 3¼ stars
It feels like forever ago when I began this three volume set on the life of our 23rd President. Harry Sievers has delivered the most comprehensive look at this remarkable man. Benjamin Harrison, when judged in comparison with an Andrew Jackson, an Abraham Lincoln, or even a Teddy Roosevelt, seems to emerge greater as a MAN than as a PRESIDENT. President Harrison's theories of the functions of the presidency differed from that of the Jackson or Roosevelt schools where personal appeal and leadership dominated the scene. For his era, however, Benjamin Harrison compiled a strong record of constitutional government which enabled the country to approach the threshold of world power with prudence and caution.Not for the casual reader - but an excellent series for those who wish to understand the men who have occupied the office, and thus hear the rhyme of history in our modern times. Recommended.
I can confidently say that I have never read a biography this long before. Coming in at over 1000 pages when all three volumes are considered, I was happy to have taken the time to work through it. The work is meticulously researched and well-written. The author keeps the reader engaged for the most part (I say this because I find getting into the policy weeds usually uninteresting although I recognize it as a necessity to adequately cover the subject's life). I even read the footnotes which, as it should be, do not need to be read by the non-scholar, but sometimes offer interesting supplemental facts.Now that I am in the land of Hoosiers (where Harrison came to fame) but from the Buckeye State (where he, as I, was born), I'm glad to have gotten to know Indiana's famous son better and appreciated him more. I was inspired to read this after visiting Harrison's Indiana home. Yesterday I visited his grave. Good bookends to this journey.
Is this a case where the book is better than the subject? As a man, Benjamin Harrison was quite interesting - intelligent, hard working. His presidency is largely forgotten, though. Of the three volumes, the first is the most compelling - Harrison's civil war service. But all three books are deeply researched and well written.This volume covers his presidential years, with one chapter afterward. There are a few flaws. For example, Sievers says something like "Harrison was interested in Hawaii" but up to the Hawaiian putsch Hawaii was never discussed. This happened more than once but does not detract greatly from the book.Includes notes, index, bibliography, and photos/illustrations.
Father Harry Sievers' three volume biography of Benjamin Harrison is sometimes stuck too deeply in the historical traditions of the 1950's but still the best resource in getting to know this nearly forgotten, enigmatic and quite pious 23rd President from Indiana.