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Shearon Harris, American utility executive. Bar: North Carolina 1938. Decorated Legion of Merit, Bronze Star medal; recipient Religious Heritage of America award.


Harris, Shearon was born on September 12, 1917 in Middleburg, North Carolina, United States. Son of Joseph Pegues and Lucy (Shearon) Harris.


AB, Wake Forest College, 1936. Bachelor of Laws, Wake Forest College, 1938. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Wake Forest College, 1978.


Practice in, Albemarle, 1939-1957;practice in, Charlotte, 1946-1957;senior partner firm, Harris & Coble, Albemarle, 1955-1957;with Carolina Power & Light Company, Raleigh, from 1957;vice president, 1960-1963;general counsel, 1962-1963;president, from 1963;chief Executive officer, from 1968;Chairman of the Board, from 1970;also director. Director Durham Life Insurance Company, Wachovia Bank & Trust Company N.A., General Motors Corporation, United States Steel Corporation. Member listed companies advising committee New York Stock Exchange.

Board directors Edison Electric Institute, from 1968, vice chairman, 1970, chairman, 1971. Chairman, Board Of Directors Electric Power Research Institute, 1975-1977.


  • Bar: North Carolina 1938.


Parliamentarian, North Carolina Baptist Convention, 1957-1962. Principal clerk North Carolina House of Representatives, 1941-1943. Member North Carolina House of Representatives from Stanly County, 1955.

Chairman of the executive advisory commission Federal Power Commission, 1972-1977. President North Carolina Industrial Council 1968. Trustee Wake Forest College, 1955-1959, Committee for Econ Development.

Board directors North Carolina Foundation Church Related Colls., from 1962, North Carolina Baptist Foundation, 1961-1966, North Carolina.Citizens Association, from 1966 (president 1970). Chairman of the board of trustees Meredith College, from 1970. With Army of the United States, 1943-1945.

Member National Association of Manufacturers (director 1972-1975), Chamber of Commerce of the United States (director from 1972, chairman 1978-1979), Business Council, National Industrial Energy Council, National Association Electric Companies (Chairman, Board Of Directors 1969), Business Roundtable.


Married Helen Morgan, June 27, 1942. Children: Sarah Helen, Jennie Grace, Susan Finch.

Joseph Pegues Harris

Lucy (Shearon) Harris

Helen Morgan

Sarah Helen Harris

Jennie Grace Harris

Susan Finch Harris