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Polling place profile: Benjamin Harrison slept here
Presidential site makes debut as Indy polling place

Benjamin Harrison was the 23rd president of the United States serving one term from 1889 to 1893.

While Benjamin Harrison may not have been as notorious a president as his grandfather, William Henry Harrison was, Benjamin Harrison did open Ellis Island and commissioned the Pledge of Allegiance.

He was also known as an advocate for African-American and American Indian voting rights.

Therefore, it seems only right that his home in Indiana, where he lived before and after his four years in Washington, D.C. now serves as a polling place in Indianapolis.

While we can’t say for certain this is the only polling place where a president slept — George Washington seems to have slept in a lot of places on the East Coast — a quick review finds that this appears to be the only official Presidential site that serves as a modern-day polling place.

The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site made its polling place debut this spring and by all accounts, it was a huge hit not only with voters, but also the poll workers who got to spend their day at a historical site. Read More…