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William Henry HARRIES

(1843-1921)

HARRIES, William Henry, a Representative from Minnesota; born near Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio, January 15, 1843; moved to La Crosse, Wis.; enlisted as a private in Company B, Second Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, April 18, 1861; commissioned captain of Company F, Third Regiment, United States Veteran Volunteers, General Hancock’s corps, December 21, 1864; honorably discharged April 17, 1866; was graduated from the law school of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1868; was admitted to the bar in 1868, and commenced practice in Hokah, Minn.; afterwards practiced in Caledonia, Houston County, Minn.; prosecuting attorney of Houston County 1874-1878; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-second Congress (March 4, 1891-March 3, 1893); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1892 to the Fifty-third Congress; appointed by President Cleveland as collector of internal revenue for Minnesota and served from 1894 to 1898, residing in St. Paul, Minn.; resumed the practice of his profession in Caledonia in 1898; department commander of the Minnesota department of the Grand Army of the Republic in 1901; member of the board of trustees of the Minnesota Soldiers’ Home in 1903, secretary of the board 1907-1911, and commandant of the home 1911-1918; died in Seattle, Wash., July 23, 1921; interment in Evergreen Cemetery, Caledonia, Minn.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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