Wiley P. Harris

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Wiley P. Harris (born Wiley Pope Harris; November 9, 1818 – December 3, 1891) was a U.S. Representative from Mississippi.

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Born on November 9, 1818, in Pike County, Mississippi, Harris attended the common schools and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. He was graduated from the law department of Transylvania College, Lexington, Kentucky, in 1840. He was admitted to the bar in 1840 and commenced practice in Gallatin, Mississippi. He was Circuit judge of the second district from 1844 to 1850 and served as member of the State constitutional conventions in 1850, 1861, and 1890.

Harris was elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-third Congress (March 4, 1853-March 3, 1855). He declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1854. He resumed the practice of law in Jackson, Mississippi. He served as member of the Provisional Congress of the Confederate States in 1861. He continued the practice of law in Jackson, and died there on December 3, 1891. He was interred in Greenwood Cemetery.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Albert Brown
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Mississippi's 4th congressional district

1853–1855
Succeeded by
William Lake