President Harrison's speech-making tour in 1891 was, at that time, the longest journey ever undertaken by any President while
in office. The 9,232 mile rail trip lasted one month and three days. The trip was partly planned and largely financed by the
former Governor of California, Leland Stanford. The pioneer railroad builder had invite
d the President to his ranch in Palo Alto to discuss a professorship at the newly built Stanford University and to participate
in the dedication of that institution. Included in the Presidential party were First Lady Caroline Harrison, her secretary
and niece Mrs. Dimmick, Russell B. Harrison and his wife, Mary McKee (the Harrison's daughter), Carter B. Harrsion and his
wife, Postmaster General John Wanamaker, Secretary of Agriculture Jeremiah McClain Rusk, and Marshall Dan Ransdell.
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