Indianapolis: December 8, 1858. 14" x 8-1/2" legal autograph document signed. 3pp + docketing information on page . Entirely in manuscript. Very Good.
Harrison was the great-grandson of the Virginia Signer, grandson of President William Henry Harrison, Brevet Brigadier General in the Civil War, Indiana U.S. Senator 1881-1887, and President of the United States from 1889-1893. Harrison finished his law studies in Ohio, and moved to Indianapolis in 1854, where he practiced law. He joined the Republican Party, campaigned for Fremont, and was elected City Attorney in 1856. In 1858, he commenced a law partnership with William Wallace.
This document is the Complaint, Affidavit, and Bond in Attachment in behalf of Harrison's clients, Lipman Marks and Marx Leon, brothers-in-law and Jewish clothiers in Muncie, in a suit to collect a debt from Adrian Rivet. Harrison sued Rivet, a prominent Indiana businessman who had been born in France, in the Marion County Common Pleas Court. The Complaint alleges, first, that Rivet signed, on October 20 1858, a note promising to pay plaintiffs $264.31 in thirty days; and, second, that Rivet signed, on June 7, 1858, a note promising to pay plaintiffs $300.00 in six months. Harrison signs the writ twice on page 3, as notary public acknowledging the oaths of plaintiffs, and as attorney seeking attachment of Rivet's goods. The document is also signed 'Wallace & Harrison' on the first page and on the fourth page.
Harrison as President demonstrated his empathy with the Jewish people. His December 1891 Message to Congress expressed concern over the "revival of anti-Semitic laws, long in abeyance" which were forcing the Hebrew people to leave the Russian Empire and immigrate to the United States. He stated, "The Hebrew is never a beggar; he has always kept the law - life by toil - often under severe and oppressive civil restrictions... no race, sect, or class has more fully cared for its own than the Hebrew race." Item #32184