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HARRIS, Oren, a Representative from Arkansas; born in Belton, Hempstead County, Ark., December 20, 1903; attended the public schools; graduated from Henderson State College, Arkadelphia, Ark., in 1929, and from Cumberland University Law School, Lebanon, Tenn., in 1930; admitted to the bar in 1930 and commenced practice in El Dorado, Ark.; deputy prosecuting attorney of Union County, Ark., 1933-1936; prosecuting attorney of the thirteenth judicial circuit of Arkansas 1937-1940; delegate to the Democratic State conventions in 1936 and 1940, and the Democratic National Conventions in 1944, 1952, 1956, and 1960; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-seventh and to the twelve succeeding Congresses, serving from January 3, 1941, until February 2, 1966, when he resigned to become United States district judge for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, effective February 3, 1966; chairman, Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce (Eighty-fifth through Eighty-ninth Congresses); died February 5, 1997; interment in Arlington Memorial Park, El Dorado, Ark.

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External Research Collections

University of Arkansas
Special Collections Department

Fayetteville, AR
Papers: 1926-1966, 165 linear feet. The papers contain speeches and reports reflecting Harris's role as chairman of the Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, as well as other national and Arkansas issues. Also included is some biographical material, family correspondence, and a large number of certificates, plaques, and other awards, as well as files pertaining to Harris's political and governmental interests and activities. Scrapbooks containing many kinds of printed materials document Harris's political career and the work of committees on which he served, specifically the Interstate and Foreign Commerce Committee and the Special Committee on Legislative Oversight. Photographs include images of Harris and his family; working, political, and social engagements; and autographed photographs of various individuals. A finding aid for the papers is available in the repository and online.

Historical Society of the U.S. Courts in the Eighth Circuit

St. Louis, MO
Oral History: 1987, 11 hours.

Indiana State Library

Indianapolis, IN
Papers: In the John V. Beamer papers, 1918-1964, 15 boxes. Correspondents include Harris.

Lyndon B. Johnson Library

Austin, TX
Oral History: 1974, 47 pages. Description in library.

John F. Kennedy Library

Boston, MA
Oral History: 1965, 65 pages.
Papers: In the John M. Landis papers, 1960-1961, 19 linear feet. Correspondents include Harris.
Papers: In the Lawrence F. O'Brien papers, 1961-1963, 14 linear feet. Harris included among correspondents.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: In the Harry Wexler papers, 1929-1962, 19 linear feet. Harris included among correspondents.

Sam Rayburn Library

Bonham, TX
Oral History: 1985, 16 pages.

Stanford University
Green Library, Department of Special Collections

Stanford, CA
Papers: In the J. Arthur Younger papers, 1951-1968, 12.5 linear feet. Harris included among subjects covered.

Stanford University
Hoover Institution Archives

Stanford, CA
Papers: In the Register of the Committee for the Return of Confiscated German and Japanes Property records, 1954-1962, 33 boxes. Correspondents include Harris.

University of Texas
Briscoe Center for American History

Austin, TX
Papers: In the Sam Rayburn papers, 1831; 1845; 1903-2007. Correspondents include Harris.
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