Robert Harris (Pennsylvania politician)

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Robert Harris
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 6th district
In office
March 4, 1823 – March 3, 1827
Preceded bySee below
Succeeded byInnis Green
Personal details
Born(1768-09-05)September 5, 1768
Harris Ferry, Pennsylvania
DiedSeptember 3, 1851(1851-09-03) (aged 82)
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Political partyJacksonian Democratic-Republican

Robert Harris (September 5, 1768 – September 3, 1851) was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.


Robert Harris (cousin of John Harris) was born at Harris Ferry, Pennsylvania (now Harrisburg). He assisted in establishing various enterprises, including building of the bridge over the Susquehanna River, the organization of the Harrisburg Bank, and the construction of the Middletown Turnpike Road. He was the surveyor to lay off the road from Chambersburg to Pittsburgh, and also for improving the Susquehanna River. He was appointed commissioner to choose the location of the capitol building in Harrisburg. he was a paymaster in the Army during the War of 1812.

Harris was elected as a Jackson Republican to the Eighteenth Congress and reelected as a Jacksonian to the Nineteenth Congress. He served as prothonotary of Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, and died in Harrisburg in 1851. Interment in Harrisburg Cemetery.


  • United States Congress. "Robert Harris (id: H000250)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • The Political Graveyard

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Thomas Jones Rogers
Samuel D. Ingham
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
Innis Green