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General Harrison


Posted By: cheryl moonen (email)
Date: 6/20/2017 at 00:54:22

The Clinton Daily Age, Clinton, Iowa, May 2, 1892

An Aged Iowan

Bellevue Leader: General Harrison of this city is perhaps the oldest person now living in Jackson County. He passed his 90th milestone in life’s journey a few months since, and is as hearty and active as lots of men of 60 years. He bids fair to see the year 1901. Just think of it, this man who so spryly walks are streets every day is only thirteen years younger than the government and constitution of the United States. He was born only a little more than a year after Washington’s death. He was 14 years old when the battle of New Orleans was fought. He was 45 years old at the outbreak of the Mexican War, and 60 years old when Sumpter was fired on. At the time of his birth Thomas Jefferson was president of the United States, George III was King of England, and the brilliant star of destiny, the great Napoleon, was first consul of France. During his time four Monarch have occupied the British throne, and France has recorded two empires, three kingdoms and three republics. He is old enough to have seen all the presidents of the United States except one. He has voted for all of them except four, casting his first ballot for John Quincy Adams. He was 20 years old when Napoleon died at St. Helena. He has seen his nation grow from six to sixty-five million of people. He was one of the first settlors of Iowa, having pitched his tent on the spot where Davenport now stands when the place was only an Indian Trading Post.


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