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Thomas Langrell Harris, American congressman. member Illinois Senate (in absentia), 1846; member United States Ho.


Harris, Thomas Langrell was born on October 29, 1816 in Norwich, Connecticut, United States.


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.


  • 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.


Member Illinois Senate (in absentia), 1846. Member United States Ho.


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