Thomas K. Harris

Thomas K. Harris ( † March 18, 1816 in Sparta, Tennessee ) was an American politician. Between 1813 and 1815 he represented the state of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Both the birth date and birth place of Thomas Harris are unknown. After studying law and qualifying as a lawyer, he practiced in Sparta and McMinnville in his new profession. He was also curator of the Priestly Academy in Sparta. Politically, he joined, founded by Thomas Jefferson Democratic- Republican Party. Between 1809 and 1811 Harris sat in the Senate from Tennessee.

In the state- wide discharged congressional elections of 1812, he was for the then newly created fifth seat of the State of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he took up his new mandate on March 4, 1813. Until March 3, 1815, he was able to complete a term in Congress. This was marked by the events of the British -American War.

Thomas Harris died on March 18, 1816 in a duel with Colonel John W. Simpson on the old road between Sparta and McMinnville.