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closely to his business, and by perseverance,
honorable dealing and an upright life, succeded
in building up an extensive practice and
took a leading position in the legal profession.
In 1860 he was nominated for the position
of Supreme Court Reporter for the State of
Indiana, and then began his experience as a
stullmp speaker. Iie canvassed the State
thllorouglly and was elected.
In 18;2 hIis patriotism caused him to
abandon a civil office and to offer his country
hlis services in a military capacity. He organizedl
tle Seventieth Indiana Infantry and
was chosen its Colonel. Although his regiinent
was comlpose(l of raw material, and he
practically void of military schooling, he at
once mastered military tactics and drilled his
mean, so that \when lie with his regiment was
assignedCl to Gen. Slerman's command it was
known' as one of the best drilled organizations
of tlhe arny. Ie was especially
distinguished for bravery at the battles of
Resacca and Peacll Tree Creek. For his
lbrnaery iand efficiency at the last named battle
le ewas lnade a Brigadier-General, General
Iooker speaking of him in the most
corn1 i Imen tary terms.
\\Wlile generall Harrison was actively engatged
inl tie field thle Supreme Court declared
the office of SupreIme Court Replorter vacant,
a11d( another person wNas elected to fill tlle
position,. Flromn tlhe time of leaving Indiana
withl IiSt retgillient for thle front, until tlle fall
of 1s;.`, ( ;eer:l 1 l arrison Ihad taken no leave
of al,.enell. Ilut having been noininated
thllt year :r for tlc s:tame office that lie vacated
in order to serve hlis country where le could
do tlie greatest good, lie got a thirty-day leave
of absence, antd dtlring tlhat tine canvassed
tle State nidl was elected for another terIm as
Supremeo Court Reporter. IHe then started
to rejoin h]is command, then with General
Shernan, in thle South, but was stricken down
with fever and after a very trying siege, made
his way to the front, and participated in the
closing scenes and incidents of the war.
In 1868 General Harrison declined a reelection
as Reporter, and applied himself to
the practice of his profession. He was a
candidate for Governor of Indiana on the
Republican ticket in 1876. Although defeated,
the brilliant campaign brought him
to public notice and gave him a National
reputation as an able and formidable debater
and he was much sought in the Eastern
States as a public speaker. He took an active
part in the Presidential campaign of
1880, and was elected to the United States
Senate, where he served six years, and was
known as one of the strongest debaters, as
well as one of the ablest men and best lawyers.
When his term expired in the Senate
he resumed his law practice at Indianapolis,
becoming the head of one of the strongest
law firms in the State of Indiana.
Sometime prior to the opening of the
Presidential campaign of 1888, the two great
political parties (Republican and Democratic)
drew the line of political battle on the question
of tariff, which became the leading issue
and the rallying watchword during the menorable
camp'ig;n. The Republicans appealed
to the people for their voice as to a tariff.to
protect home industries, while the Democrats
wanted a tariff for revenue only. The Republican
convention assembled in Chicago in
June and selected Mr. Garrison as their
standard bearer on a platform of ]principles,
among other important clauses being tlat of
protection, which he cordially indorsed in
accepting thle nomination. November 6,
1888, after a heated canvass, General Iarrison
was elected, defeating Grover Cleveland,
wlio was again the nominee of the Democratic
party. He was inaugurated and assumed
the duties of his office March 4, 1889.
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Lewis Publishing Company. Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas., book, 1892; Chicago, Illinois. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20932/m1/125/: accessed July 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.