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Wiley Pope HARRIS

(1818-1891)

HARRIS, Wiley Pope, a Representative from Mississippi; born near Holmesville, Pike County, Miss., November 9, 1818; attended the common schools and the University of Virginia at Charlottesville; was graduated from the law department of Transylvania College, Lexington, Ky., in 1840; was admitted to the bar in 1840 and commenced practice in Gallatin, Copiah County, Miss.; circuit judge of the second district 1844-1850; member of the State constitutional conventions in 1850, 1861, and 1890; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-third Congress (March 4, 1853-March 3, 1855); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1854; resumed the practice of law in Jackson, Miss.; Member of the Provisional Congress of the Confederate States in 1861; continued the practice of law in Jackson, Miss., and died there on December 3, 1891; interment in Greenwood Cemetery.

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

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