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Robert Orr HARRIS

(1854-1926)

HARRIS, Robert Orr, (son of Benjamin Winslow Harris), a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Boston, Mass., November 8, 1854; attended the common schools and Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, N.H.; was graduated from Harvard University in 1877; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1879 and practiced in Boston and Brockton, Mass., 1879-1902; member of the State house of representatives in 1889; district attorney for the southeastern district of Massachusetts 1891-1901; associate judge of the superior court of Massachusetts from June 4, 1902, to March 1, 1911; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-second Congress (March 4, 1911-March 3, 1913); was not a candidate for renomination in 1912; resumed the practice of law; appointed United States district attorney for the Massachusetts district by President Harding in 1921 and served until removed by President Coolidge in December 1924; died in Brockton, Mass., June 13, 1926; interment in Central Cemetery, East Bridgewater, Mass.

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

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