Member Biography

Harrison Perry Laird 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1881-1882       39 Democrat
1883-1884       39 Democrat

COUNTIES: Westmoreland  


1814 - 10/16/1897

Harrison Perry Laird (D39) Westmoreland County 1881-1884

Early Life:

Harrison Perry Laird, born 1814 Murrysville, Franklin Township, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania; son of the Reverend Francis and Mary Moore Laird; Jefferson College (now Washington and Jefferson College), 1837; Transylvania University, Lexington, Kentucky, 1837-1838; honorary doctorate of law, Franklin and Marshall College, 1890; principal, Madison Academy, Clark County, Kentucky, 1837-1838; postmaster, United States Postal Service, Locust Dale, Pennsylvania, 1840-1843; attorney, 1842-1897; postmaster, United States Postal Service, Locust Dale, Pennsylvania, 1844-1846; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1848-1850; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1881-1884; trustee, Franklin and Marshall College; died, October 16, 1897, Greensburg, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania; interment, Murrysville Cemetery, Murrysville, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. 

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1848-1850.

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 39th district, Westmoreland County, 1881-1884; committee assignments, Appropriations, Judiciary, (General) Retrenchment and Reform.

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography:

Official Website - PA House Archives Official Website (


Mothers father, John Moore, original member, Pennsylvania State Senate, Allegheny and Westmoreland Counties, 1790-1794. 

John Moore  - Pennsylvania Senate Library (  


Cox, Harold. "Senate Members "L""Wilkes University Election Statistics ProjectWilkes University.

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1883). Smull, W.P., (Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 765, 770-772, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 733.

Harrison Perry Laird (1813-1897) - Find a Grave Memorial