Oren Harris

Oren Harris ( born December 20 1903 in Belton, Hempstead County, Arkansas, † February 5, 1997 ) was an American lawyer and politician. He represented the state of Arkansas as an MP in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Oren Harris was born in Belton, where he attended public school. He graduated in 1929 at Henderson State College in Arkadelphia and 1930 at the Cumberland School of Law at Cumberland University in Lebanon (Tennessee). He was admitted as a lawyer in the same year and opened a practice in El Dorado.

Between 1933 and 1936 he was deputy prosecutor in Union County. He then worked as a prosecutor in the 13th Judicial District of Arkansas. This activity, he held 1937-1940. 1936 and 1940 he was a delegate to the State party days of the Democrats in Arkansas; 1944, 1952, 1956 and 1960 he took part in each case at the Democratic National Convention.

Harris was elected for the fourth electoral district of Arkansas as a Democrat in the 77th and the twelve succeeding Congresses. His tenure came from 3 January 1941 to 2 February 1966. He decided to resign in order to become a judge at the Federal District Court for the Eastern and the Western District of Arkansas, effective from 3 February 1966.

In his time as an MP, he was chairman of the Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce from the 85th to the 89th Congress. In addition, he was also involved in the making of the Southern Manifesto, which spoke out against racial integration in public institutions.