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The first person I drew was the big man himself.  Benjamin Harrison was the 23rd president of the United States, from 1889 to 1893.  It took me about a minute to realize that he wasn’t going to wink at his role, but instead was speaking IN his role.  I learned that in his turn as president electricity was first introduced in the White House, that he liked to be called “The General,” and that among the several servants in the big Indy house there was a full time seamstress.

I was set up under one of the huge trees in the Harrison’s big yard. A superb band under the white tent played everything from patriotic standards and sentimental songs to dance music from the 1920’s that called for slide trombone.  I love drawing people on the Fourth.

It’s always hot on the Fourth but at least none of us had to wear wool pants, starched collars, or corsets. The General himself wore polyester. (I was so impressed by him that I forgot to take a picture of him and my drawing. Next year!)

Thank you, Delia!

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