Henry R. Harris

Henry Richard Harris ( born February 2, 1828 in Sparta, Hancock County, Georgia, † October 15, 1909 in Odessadale, Georgia ) was an American politician. Between 1873 and 1879, and again from 1885 to 1887, he represented the state of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Already in 1833, came Henry Harris to Greenville in Meriwether County. He attended elementary school in Mount Zion and then studied until 1847 at Emory College in Oxford. Politically, he was a member of the Democratic Party. In 1861, Harris was a delegate at a meeting to revise the constitution of his home state. During the Civil War he was a colonel in the army of the Confederacy.

In the congressional elections of 1872 Harris was in the fourth electoral district of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Erasmus W. Beck on March 4, 1873. After two re- election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1879 three legislative periods. In the elections of 1878 he was defeated Henry Persons. In 1884, Harris was again elected to Congress, where he replaced Hugh Buchanan on March 4, 1885. Since he resigned in 1886 to run again, he could spend up to March 3, 1887 just another term in the U.S. House of Representatives.

After retiring from Congress Henry Richards State Secretary at the Ministry of Postal Services ( Third Assistant Postmaster General ) has been appointed. This post he held between 1 April 1887 to 18 March 1889. Thereafter, Harris considered, inter alia Rural Affairs. He died on 15 October 1909 in Odessadale and was buried in Greenville.