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George E. Harris
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Library of Congress
16th Attorney General of Mississippi
In office
January 4, 1874 – January 1878
Governor Adelbert Ames
John M. Stone
Preceded by Joshua S. Morris
Succeeded by Thomas C. Catchings
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Mississippi's 1st district
In office
February 23, 1870 – March 3, 1873
Preceded by vacant (secession)
Succeeded by Lucius Q. C. Lamar
Personal details
Born
George Emrick Harris

(1827-01-06)January 6, 1827
Orange, North Carolina, U.S.
Died March 19, 1911(1911-03-19) (aged 84)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Resting place Oak Hill Cemetery
Washington, D.C.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Harriet Seton McAllister
Military service
Allegiance  Confederate States
Branch/service  Confederate States of America Army
Rank Lieutenant colonel
Battles/wars American Civil War

George Emrick Harris (January 6, 1827 – March 19, 1911) was a U.S. Representative from Mississippi.

Biography

Born in Orange County, North Carolina, Harris moved to Tennessee and thence to Mississippi. He attended the common schools. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1854 and practiced. He entered the Confederate States Army and served as lieutenant colonel until the close of the Civil War.

Harris was elected district attorney in 1865 and reelected in 1866. Upon the readmission of the State of Mississippi to representation he was elected as a Republican to the Forty-first and Forty-second Congresses and served from February 23, 1870, to March 3, 1873. He served as the only Republican Attorney General of the State of Mississippi 1873–1877. Harris was Lieutenant Governor 1877–1879. He engaged as an author of books on legal subjects. He died in Washington, D.C., March 19, 1911. He was interred in Oak Hill Cemetery.

He was the first Republican elected to the office of Mississippi Attorney General and only Republican to do so until Lynn Fitch was elected in 2019.

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