HARRIS, Sampson Willis

1809–1857

Biography

HARRIS, Sampson Willis, a Representative from Alabama; born in Elbert County, Ga., February 23, 1809; obtained his early education from his mother and was graduated from the University of Georgia at Athens in 1828; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1830 and commenced practice in Athens, Ga.; member of the State house of representatives in 1834 and 1835; moved to Wetumpka, Ala., in 1838; elected solicitor of the eighth circuit in 1841; member of the State senate in 1844 and 1845; elected as a Democrat to the Thirtieth and to the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1847-March 3, 1857); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1856; died in Washington, D.C., April 1, 1857; interment in Oconee Cemetery, Athens, Ga.

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External Research Collections

The Morgan Library
Department of Literary and Historical Manuscripts

New York, NY
Papers: In the James Ferguson Dowdell Papers, 1854, 1 item. A letter from James Ferguson Dowdell to President Franklin Pierce written on May 24, 1854. The letter was also signed by Harris. In the letter, Dowdell recommends the appointment of Jefferson Falkner as a territorial judge.
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