Rufus Carrollton Harris

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Rufus Carrollton Harris
Rufus Carrollton Harris.jpg
Harris pictured in The Jambalaya 1929, Tulane yearbook
Born January 2, 1896
Walton County, Georgia
Died August 18, 1988(1988-08-18) (aged 92)
Macon, Georgia
Citizenship USA
Nationality  United States
Fields Law
Institutions Tulane University;
Mercer University
Alma mater Mercer University;
Yale University
Known for Tulane University president;
Tulane University Law School dean; Rufus Carrollton Harris, CLA 1917, dean of Mercer Law School, 1925-1927, and Tulane Law School, 1927-1937; president, Tulane University, 1939-1960; president, Mercer University, 1960-1979; co-authored the G.I. Bill

Rufus Carrollton Harris (January 2, 1896 – August 18, 1988) was the president of Tulane University from 1937–1959 and the 12th dean of the Tulane University Law School, from 1927–1937.[1]


He completed his undergraduate studies at Mercer University and earned two law degrees at Yale University, where he completed his Juris Doctor degree in 1924.[1]

He left Tulane to become the President of Mercer University. He co-authored the GI Bill.

Role as Tulane University Law School dean[edit]

While at the Tulane Law School he established the Tulane Law Review.[2]

Academic offices
Preceded by
Rufus Edward Foster
Tulane University Law School Dean
1927 – 1937
Succeeded by
Paul William Brosman
Preceded by
Robert Leonval Menuet
Tulane University President
1937 – 1959
Succeeded by
Maxwell Edward Lapham


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