John S. Harris

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John Spafford Harris
John S. Harris - Brady-Handy.jpg
United States Senator
from Louisiana
In office
July 8, 1868 – March 4, 1871
Preceded by Judah P. Benjamin
Succeeded by Joseph R. West
Personal details
Born (1825-12-18)December 18, 1825
Truxton, New York
Died January 25, 1906(1906-01-25) (aged 80)
Butte, Montana
Resting place Forestvale Cemetery in Helena, Montana
Political party Republican

John Spafford Harris (December 18, 1825 – January 25, 1906) was an American politician for the state of Louisiana and member of the Republican Party. Born in Truxton, New York, Harris was a delegate to the Louisiana state constitutional convention in 1868. He was a member of Louisiana State Senate in 1868 and the first Republican U.S. Senator from Louisiana, having served from 1868 to 1871. Harris was buried at Forestvale Cemetery in Helena, Montana.

Education[edit]

Harris attended the common schools and pursued his education.[1]

Career[edit]

Once Harris moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1846 he was employed as clerk in a mercantile establishment. In 1863, Harris moved to Natchez, Louisiana and at the end of the American Civil War he was one of the largest cotton planters in Louisiana. Harris was appointed surveyor general for the state of Montana by President Chester Arthur in 1881.[2]

Death[edit]

Harris died in Butte, Montana on January 25, 1906.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Harris, John Spafford". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 30 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Harris, John Spafford". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 30 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Harris, John Spafford". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 30 July 2012. 


United States Senate
Preceded by
Judah P. Benjamin(1)
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Louisiana
1868–1871
Served alongside: William P. Kellogg
Succeeded by
Joseph R. West
Notes and references
1. Because of Louisiana's secession from the Union, the Senate seat was vacant from 1861 to 1868 when Judah P. Benjamin withdrew from the Senate.