President Harrison and the End of America

At the end of the tightly-contested 1888 election, Benjamin Harrison was elected President of the United States. Supporters of incumbent President Grover Cleveland were distraught at the selection of Harrison, proclaiming that the nation would soon cease to exist.

Americans at the time thought Harrison’s position on certain issues was far too liberal for a country founded upon conservative values. He meant to admit North Dakota, South Dakota, Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming into the union. He had also proclaimed that he would compromise with the British concerning America’s fishing rights in the Bering Sea.


Born to European parents, Harrison was said to have been a spy intent on wrecking America.

Americans believed the newly-admitted states would weaken America as none of the states would be able to contribute – except for the occasional sackful of potatoes from Idaho. Another belief was that compromising such a valuable resource as the fish in the Bering Sea would tragically cripple the young nation.

Upon Harrison’s election, men packed up their families and either moved to Mexico or jumped from the highest buildings in their town squares. Death rates spiked, people went missing, and locusts plagued the southeast as pandemonium took hold and showed no signs of letting up. Churches saw record-high attendance in the weeks following both the election and inauguration; many proclaimed that the end of the world was upon them.


Riots, murders, and arson swept through America.

Over the next few years people who were of the voting age during 1888 began to die out, leaving their uninformed children behind. Just as America was breathing its last, the election of 1892 took place restoring hope in America and returning a greenish hue to the grass and plants of the American landscape.


5 Responses to “President Harrison and the End of America”

  1. 1 Jon E November 5, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    I checked your facts. You’re right on. How do you do it? Why aren’t you getting paid? I WANT YOUR BOOK!

  2. 2 The History Bluff November 5, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    We are able to get our facts straight because we don’t consult the usual sources that other historians often use. In a sense, we’ve cut the middleman (history books written by unqualified people) and have gone straight to the original manuscripts and records.

    Being the elite, online historians that we are, we strive to make sure every detail of our stories is completely accurate. At the outset of The History Bluff we stripped our minds of all preconceptions about history and have begun to build it from the ground up.

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  3. 3 Nathan November 6, 2008 at 12:45 am

    Isn’t seeking representation something that you do when there’s a criminal case pending against you? Hmmm…

  4. 4 The History Bluff November 6, 2008 at 12:49 am

    Nathan, after reading some of the articles on The History Bluff, you will probably agree that criminal cases are imminent.

  5. 5 Rebecca November 9, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    Hey, Idaho potatoes contribute a lot more to the well-being of America than most people realize! 🙂

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