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George Emrick HARRIS

(1827-1911)

HARRIS, George Emrick, a Representative from Mississippi; born in Orange County, N.C., January 6, 1827; moved to Tennessee and thence to Mississippi; attended the common schools; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1854 and practiced; entered the Confederate Army and served as lieutenant colonel until the close of the Civil War; elected district attorney in 1865 and reelected in 1866; upon the readmission of the State of Mississippi to representation was elected as a Republican to the Forty-first and Forty-second Congresses and served from February 23, 1870, to March 3, 1873; attorney general of the State of Mississippi 1873-1877; Lieutenant Governor 1877-1879; engaged as an author of books on legal subjects; died in Washington, D.C., March 19, 1911; interment in Oak Hill Cemetery.

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

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