Burr Harrison

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Burr Harrison
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 7th district
In office
November 5, 1946 – January 3, 1963
Preceded by A. Willis Robertson
Succeeded by John O. Marsh, Jr.
Member of the Virginia Senate
from the 25th district
In office
January 10, 1940 – 1943
Preceded by T. Russell Cather
Succeeded by Burgess E. Nelson
Personal details
Born July 2, 1904
Winchester, Virginia
Died December 29, 1973(1973-12-29) (aged 69)
Winchester, Virginia
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Hampden-Sydney College
University of Virginia
Georgetown University

Burr Powell Harrison (July 2, 1904 – December 29, 1973) was a U.S. Representative from Virginia, son of Thomas W. Harrison.


Born in Winchester, Virginia, Harrison attended the public schools, Woodberry Forest School, Virginia Military Institute, Hampden-Sydney College, and the University of Virginia. He was graduated from Georgetown University Law School, Washington, D.C., in 1926. He was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Winchester, Virginia. Attorney for Frederick County in 1932–1940. He served in Senate of Virginia during the years 1940–1943. He served as judge of the seventeenth judicial circuit and the corporation court of Winchester in 1943–1946.

Harrison was elected simultaneously as a Democrat to the Seventy-ninth and to the Eightieth Congress by special election to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of United States Representative A. Willis Robertson, and reelected to the seven succeeding Congresses (November 5, 1946 – January 3, 1963). He was not a candidate for renomination to the Eighty-eighth Congress in 1962. He resumed the practice of law. Resided in Winchester, Virginia, until his death there December 29, 1973. He was interred in Mount Hebron Cemetery.

Electoral history[edit]

  • 1946; Harrison was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in a special election with 62.53% of the vote, defeating Republican Karl Jenkins. He was simultaneously elected in the general election with 62.32% of the vote, defeating Republican Jenkins.
  • 1948; Harrison was re-elected with 60.43% of the vote, defeating Republican Stephen D. Timberlake.
  • 1950; Harrison was re-elected with 69.41% of the vote, defeating Republican Jacob A. Garber.
  • 1952; Harrison was re-elected with 79.09% of the vote, defeating Republican Glenn W. Ruebush.
  • 1954; Harrison was re-elected with 74.17% of the vote, defeating Republican John P. Ruddick.
  • 1956; Harrison was re-elected with 69.04% of the vote, defeating Republican A.R. Dunning.
  • 1958; Harrison was re-elected with 76.64% of the vote, defeating Independent Henry A. Oder.
  • 1960; Harrison was re-elected unopposed.


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
A. Willis Robertson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 7th congressional district

Succeeded by
John O. Marsh, Jr.