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23rd Benjamin Harrison 1889-1893 Republican


  • Endorsed two bills designed to prevent Southern states from denying African Americans the right to vote.
  • Tried to overture the Supreme Court ruling in Civil Rights Cases that  declared much of the Civil Rights Act of 1875 unconstitutional.
  • Supported a bill that would grant federal funding to schools regardless of race.
  • December 3, 1889, Harrison had gone before Congress and stated: ” The colored people did not intrude themselves upon us; they were brought here in chains and held in communities where they are now chiefly bound by a cruel slave code….. when and under what conditions is the black man to have a free ballot? When is he in face to have those full civil rights which have so long been his in law?”
  • Even though none of the measures that Benjamin Harrison wanted would pass, he made a solid attempt to right wrongs in the country for Blacks. 

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