George Paul Harrison, Jr.

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George Paul Harrison, Jr.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 3rd district
In office
November 6, 1894 – March 3, 1897
Preceded by Charles Pelham
Succeeded by Jeremiah N. Williams
Personal details
Born George Paul Harrison
(1841-03-19)March 19, 1841
Savannah, Georgia
Died July 17, 1922(1922-07-17) (aged 81)
Opelika, Alabama
Resting place Rosemere Cemetery, Opelika, Al
Political party Democratic

George Paul Harrison (March 19, 1841 – July 17, 1922) was a U.S. Representative from Alabama.

Born at "Monteith Plantation," near Savannah, Georgia, George Paul Harrison, attended Effingham Academy and the Georgia Military Institute at Marietta, Georgia. His father, George Paul Harrison, was a wealthy planter, state legislator and brigadier general of Georgia militia during the American Civil War. His mother was Thurza Adelaide (Guinn) Harrison.

At the outset of the Civil War, Harrison entered the Confederate States Army as second lieutenant of the First Georgia Regulars and participated in the seizure of Fort Pulaski. After finishing school in the spring of 1861, he returned to the army and was successively promoted over the course of the war to first lieutenant, major, colonel, and acting brigadier general. On May 15, 1862, he was elected colonel of the 32nd Georgia Infantry Regiment. He commanded Fort Johnson, Morris Island and John's Island, where he was wounded twice, and reinforced Fort Wagner during the July 18, 1863 battle. He commanded a brigade at the Battle of Olustee. Harrison commanded a prison camp at Florence, South Carolina in late 1864. He was commended by Union prisoners for his humane treatment of them. Harrison led a brigade during the Carolinas Campaign and at the Battle of Bentonville. He was never officially promoted to the rank of brigadier general.

After the war, Harrison moved to Alabama in 1865, where he studied law. He served as commandant of cadets at Auburn University. He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Auburn, Alabama, and also worked as a planter. He served as member of the constitutional convention of Alabama in 1875. Harrison served in the State senate between 1878 and 1884 and was its president in 1882–1884. He served as delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1892.

Harrison was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-third Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of William C. Oates. He was reelected to the Fifty-fourth Congress and served from November 6, 1894, to March 3, 1897. After his final term in Congress, he resumed the practice of law in Opelika, Alabama. He served as delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1901. Harrison again served in the Alabama State senate in 1900 and 1902. Harrison served as general counsel for the Western Railway of Alabama and as Division counsel for the Central of Georgia Railway. He was major general of the Alabama Division of the United Confederate Veterans.

George Paul Harrison, died in Opelika, Alabama, on July 17, 1922. He was interred in Rosemere Cemetery.


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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
William C. Oates
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 3rd congressional district

November 6, 1894 – March 3, 1897
Succeeded by
Henry D. Clayton