William H. Harries

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William Henry Harries, (January 15, 1843 – July 23, 1921), was a Representative from Minnesota; born near Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio; moved to La Crosse, Wisconsin; enlisted as a private in Company B, Second Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, April 18, 1861; was wounded at the Battle of Antietam,[1] 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, Minnesota; afterwards practiced in Caledonia, Houston County, Minnesota; 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 Grover Cleveland as collector of internal revenue for Minnesota and served from 1894 to 1898, residing in St. Paul, Minnesota; resumed the practice of his profession in Caledonia in 1898; was president of the village of Caledonia and a member of its board of education;[2] 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, Washington; interment in Evergreen Cemetery, Caledonia, Minnesota.

Capt. Harries married Austis L. Dunbar in 1870,[3] and after she died he married her sister Hattie Hadley Dunbar in 1882.[4] Hattie subsequently died in 1895.[5] The father of these two sisters was William F. Dunbar, the first state auditor of Minnesota.[6] The eleven children of these two marriages are Mary Lucretia, Anna Belle, Ethelind, Paul W., Anstice, Hattie, George, Alice, Beth Bernice, Edna Beatrice, and Donald Dunbar.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ T. Christianson, Minnesota, The Land of Sky-Tinted Waters, A History of the State and Its People, V.II, p 321-22 (The American Historical Society, Inc., 1935)
  2. ^ T. Christianson, Minnesota, The Land of Sky-Tinted Waters, A History of the State and Its People, V.II, p 321-22 (The American Historical Society, Inc., 1935)
  3. ^ Harries Family Genealogical Records
  4. ^ Harries Family Genealogical Records
  5. ^ T. Christianson, Minnesota, The Land of Sky-Tinted Waters, A History of the State and Its People, V.II, p 321-22 (The American Historical Society, Inc., 1935)
  6. ^ T. Christianson, Minnesota, The Land of Sky-Tinted Waters, A History of the State and Its People, V.II, p 321-22 (The American Historical Society, Inc., 1935)
  7. ^ Harries Family Genealogical Records

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Mark H. Dunnell
U.S. Representative from Minnesota's 1st congressional district
1891 – 1893
Succeeded by
James Albertus Tawney
Persondata
Name Harries, William Henry
Alternative names
Short description American politician
Date of birth January 15, 1843
Place of birth
Date of death July 23, 1921
Place of death