HARRISON, William Henry

1896–1990

Biography

HARRISON, William Henry, (great–great–great–grandson of Benjamin Harrison [1726–1791], great–great–grandson of President William Henry Harrison, great–grandson of John Scott Harrison, and grandson of President Benjamin Harrison and Alvin Saunders), a Representative from Wyoming; born in Terre Haute, Vigo County, Ind., August 10, 1896; attended the public schools of Omaha, Nebr., the Sidwell Friends School, Washington, D.C., and the College of Agriculture at the University of Nebraska in 1919 and 1920; during the First World War served in the United States Army as a private in the Signal Enlisted Air Corps; was admitted to the Indiana bar in 1925 and practiced in Indianapolis 1925-1936; member of the Indiana house of representatives 1927-1929; was admitted to the Wyoming bar in 1937 and practiced in Sheridan, Wyo.; member of the Wyoming house of representatives 1945-1950; secretary to the Wyoming Interim Committee 1947-1950; elected as a Republican to the Eighty-second and Eighty-third Congresses (January 3, 1951-January 3, 1955); was not a candidate for renomination in 1954, but was an unsuccessful candidate for election to the United States Senate; regional administrator, Housing and Home Finance Agency, from April 1955 to August 31, 1956; liaison officer, Housing and Home Finance Agency, Washington, D.C., from April 1, 1957, to November 15, 1958; elected to the Eighty-seventh and the Eighty-eighth Congresses (January 3, 1961-January 3, 1965); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1964 to the Eighty-ninth Congress; elected to the Ninetieth Congress (January 3, 1967-January 3, 1969); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1968 to the Ninety-first Congress; appointed by President Nixon as a member to the Renegotiation Board of the United States, July 23, 1969, and served until October 4, 1971; was a resident of North Redington Beach, Fla., until his death in St. Petersburg, Fla., on October 8, 1990.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

University of Wyoming
American Heritage Center

Laramie, WY
Papers: 1951-1969, 23 cubic feet. The collection of William Henry Harrison contains congressional files documenting his career in the U.S. House of Representatives. The files contain information on bills being considered, correspondence with constituents, records of the committees William Henry Harrison served on, press releases, and publications.
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