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HARRISON, George Paul

HARRISON, George Paul
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives


HARRISON, George Paul, a Representative from Alabama; born at "Monteith Plantation," near Savannah, Ga., March 19, 1841; attended Effingham Academy and the Georgia Military Institute at Marietta; during the Civil War entered the Confederate Army as second lieutenant of the First Georgia Regulars and was successively promoted to first lieutenant, major, colonel, and brigadier general; moved to Alabama in 1865; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Auburn, Ala.; member of the constitutional convention of Alabama in 1875; served in the State senate 1878-1884 and was its president 1882-1884; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1892; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-third Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of William C. Oates; reelected to the Fifty-fourth Congress and served from November 6, 1894, to March 3, 1897; resumed the practice of law in Opelika, Lee County, Ala.; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1901; general counsel for the Western Railway of Alabama; division counsel for the Central of Georgia Railway; died in Opelika, Ala., July 17, 1922; interment in Rosemere Cemetery.

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

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External Research Collections

Auburn University
Auburn Special Collections

Auburn, AL
Papers: 1894, 1 item. A record of registered voters in George Paul Harrison's congressional district, organized by county and then by post office, with voters' occupations and party affiliations.

Duke University

Durham, NC
Papers: 1863; 1889, 2 items. Letters from Harrison to Joseph E. Brown and C.C. Jones, Jr.

University of Southern Mississippi
Manuscript Collection, McCain Library and Archives

Hattiesburg, MS
Papers: 1897, 1 item. A letter from George Paul Harrison to ex-Confederate Brigadier-General James H. Lane of Auburn, Alabama. In the letter, George Harrison informs James Lane that he will receive the entire set of Union and Confederate Navies of the War of the Rebellion despite the opposition of a Mr. Clayton. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.
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