Harry Skinner

Harry Skinner ( * May 25, 1855 in Hertford, Perquimans County, North Carolina, † May 19 1929 in Greenville, North Carolina ) was an American politician. Between 1895 and 1899 he represented the state of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Harry Skinner was the younger brother of Thomas Gregory Skinner (1842-1907), who was also a congressman for North Carolina. He first visited the Hertford Academy. After a subsequent Jurastudiuman the University of Kentucky in Lexington and his 1876 was admitted as a lawyer, he started working in Greenville in this profession. At that time he was a member of the Democratic Party. In 1878, Skinner was elected to the City Council of Greenville. Between 1879 and 1886 he served on the senior staff of Governor Thomas Jordan Jarvis. From 1880 to 1892 he was Democratic Party chairman in Pitt County. In the years 1891 and 1892 he sat as an MP in the House of Representatives from North Carolina.

Around the year 1892 moved to Skinner Populist Party. Between 1892 and 1896 he was the chairman of the Pitt County. At the same time he was a member of the State Executive of the party. Between 1890 and 1896 he was also curator of the University of North Carolina. In the congressional elections of 1894, he became the first constituency of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of William AB Branch on March 4, 1895. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1899 two legislative sessions. In this time of the Spanish-American War was from 1898.

In the elections of 1898 Harry Skinner was defeated by Democrat John Humphrey Small. After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives, he again worked as a lawyer. Between 1902 and 1910 he was a federal prosecutor for the eastern part of the State of North Carolina. He then practiced as a lawyer again. He died on 19 May 1929 in Greenville.