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Thomas Langrell Harris

A Representative from Illinois.


  • He was born in Norwich, Conn., October 29, 1816.

  • Education

    • Pursued classical studies and was graduated from Washington (now Trinity) College, Hartford, Conn., in 1841; studied law.


    • Was admitted to the bar in 1842 and commenced practice in Petersburg, Menard County, Ill.; school commissioner for Menard County in 1845; during the Mexican War raised and commanded a company and joined the Fourth Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry; subsequently elected major of the regiment; while absent and with the Army was elected a member of the State senate in 1846; was presented with a sword by the State of Illinois for gallantry at the Battle of Cerro Gordo, Mexico; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-first Congress (March 4, 1849-March 3, 1851); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1850 to the Thirty-second Congress; was not a candidate in 1852; elected to the Thirty-fourth and Thirty-fifth Congresses and served from March 4, 1855, until his death; chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Department of the Navy (Thirty-fourth Congress), Committee on Elections (Thirty-fifth Congress); had been reelected to the Thirty-sixth Congress; died in Springfield, Ill., November 24, 1858; interment in Rose Hill Cemetery, Petersburg, Ill.

    Major achievements

    • Harristown Township, Macon County, Illinois and the Village of Harristown [formerly Summit] were named in his honor.


    He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1850 to the Thirty-second Congress. He was not a candidate in 1852.

    Party affiliation: Democratic Party


    • father: George Harris
    • mother: Henrietta Blake Harris
    • Close Friend: Stephen Douglas
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    Born October 29, 1816
    Died November 24, 1858
    (aged 42)
    • 1841
      Washington College
    • 1845
      School commissioner, Menard County
    • 1846
      Major of Regiment, 4th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment
    • 1849 - 1851
      member, United States House of Representatives
    • 1855 - 1858
      member of 34th-35th congresses, United States House of Representatives
      United States


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