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Happy birthday, Ben Harrison

August 20, 2008
Today marks the 175th birthday of our homegrown pres, Benjamin Harrison. The BH home at 1230 N. Delaware is celebrating with free tours today from 10-3:30.

I'm celebrating by trying to think of a list of Best Performance by an Actor as an Actual U.S. President. (Time will tell if Josh Brolin in the upcoming "W" will make the list.)

Here's what I've got for starters. Feel free to add your favorites.

--Brian Keith as Teddy Roosevelt in "The Wind and the Lion."
--James Whitmore as Harry Truman in "Give 'em Hell, Harry."
--Raymond Massey as Abraham Lincoln in "Abe Lincoln in Illinois."
--William Daniels as John Adams in "1776."
--Edward Herrmann as FDR in "Annie." (Yes, the rest of the movie was pretty bad, but Herrmann did fine.)
--Pat McCormick as Grover Cleveland in "Buffalo Bill and the Indians."

--Keene Curtis as Eisenhower in "IQ."
--Henry Fonda as Abe Lincoln in "Young Mr. Lincoln."

Care to add to the list?
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