- Benjamin Harrison was the 23rd President of the United States from 1889 to 1893, elected after conducting one of the first "front-porch" campaigns by delivering short speeches to delegations that visited him in Indianapolis.
- Nominated for President on the eighth ballot at the 1888 Republican Convention, Benjamin Harrison conducted one of the first "front-porch" campaigns, delivering short speeches to delegations that visited him in Indianapolis. As he was only 5 feet, 6 inches tall, Democrats called him "Little Ben"; Republicans replied that he was big enough to wear the hat of his grandfather, "Old Tippecanoe."
- The first Pan American Congress met in Washington in 1889, establishing an information center which later became the Pan American Union.
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