William Henry Harrison was an American politician who served as a Republican U.S. Representative from Wyoming.
Many of his family members were politicians:Great-great-great grandfather, Benjamin Harrison V, signed the United States Declaration of IndependenceGreat-great-grandfather, William Henry Harrison, served as the 9th U.S. PresidentGreat-grandfather, John Scott Harrison, was a member of the United States House of Representatives from Ohio (1853–1857)Grandfather, Benjamin Harrison, served as the 23rd President.
Grandfather, Alvin Saunders, United States Senator from Nebraska.
Father, Russell Benjamin Harrison, member of the Indiana General Assembly.
He attended the University of Nebraska in 1919 and 1920, studied law, was admitted to the Indiana bar in 1925 and practiced in Indianapolis until 1936.
Born in Terre Haute, Indiana, on August 10, 1896, Harrison was raised in Indiana, Washington, D.C and Nebraska. During World War I he served in the United States Army as a Private in the Air Corps. He served in the Indiana House of Representatives from 1927 to 1929.
In 1937 he moved to Wyoming, where he practiced law in Sheridan. From 1945 to 1950 he served in the Wyoming House of Representatives. He served as the Secretary to the Wyoming Interim Committee from 1947 to 1950.
Harrison was elected to the House of Representatives and served between 1951 and 1955. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1954, but ran for the Senate seat vacated by the retirement of Edward D. Crippa, narrowly losing to Joseph C. O'Mahoney. After that, he served as the regional administrator of the Housing and Home Finance Agency from 1955 to 1956 and as liaison officer for the agency from 1957 to 1958.
He was returned to Congress in 1960 and served between 1961 and 1965. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1964, among dozens of Republican members swept out of office in the Lyndon B. Johnson-Hubert H. Humphrey landslide. He ran again in 1966, was elected to the Ninetieth Congress, and served between 1967 and 1969.
He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1968. He was appointed by Richard M. Nixon to the Federal Renegotiation Board on July 23, 1969, and served until 1971. After he retired, he lived in North Redington Beach, Florida, until his death in St. Petersburg.
Grandfather, Benjamin Harrison, served as the 23rd.
(The board was created in 1951 to review the annual profits of defense contractors, determine whether profits under no-bid contracts were excessive, and negotiate reductions It was abolished in 1978).
Member Indiana House of Representatives, 1927, Wyoming House of Representatives, 1945-1951. Member Renegotiation Board, 1969-1970. County chairman Wyoming Republican Committee, 1948-1950, state committeeman, 1946-1948.
Member of the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce (past executive vice president), Sheridan Chamber of Commerce (past president), Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Masons (33d degree), Shriners, Rotary, Sigma Delta Kapa, Sigma Chi.
Married Mary E. Newton,, October 19, 1920. Children: Mary Elizabeth, William Henry Junior.