Member Biography

James Harris 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1800-1801         Republican
1801-1802         Republican
1802-1803         Republican
1803-1804         Republican
1804-1805         Republican
1805-1806         Constitutionalist (Quid)
1806-1807         Constitutionalist (Quid)
1807-1808         Constitutionalist (Quid)


02/26/1755 - 12/02/1826

Reverend James Harris (Democratic Republicans) Luzerne, Mifflin and Northumberland Counties 1800-1801 (Democratic Republicans) Centre, Lycoming and Mifflin Counties 1801-1805 (Constitutionalist Quid) Centre, Lycoming and Mifflin Counties 1805-1808

Early Life:

Reverend James Harris, born February 26, 1755, Mifflintown, Juniata County, Province of Pennsylvania, British Colonial America; son of John and Jean Harris; relocated with family in Juniata County; educated at home; Revolutionary War veteran; became Deputy Surveyor, Cumberland County, 1785; married, Ann Nancy Dunlop Harris, 1790, children, Jane Harris Linn, Eliza Harris Dobbins, James D. Harris, William Harris; Chief Surveyor, Mifflin County, 1789; Bellefonte first Postmaster; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1800-1805; elected, Constitutionalist Quid, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1805-1808; died, December 2, 1826 (aged 71), Bellefonte, Centre County, Pennsylvania; interment, Union Cemetery, Bellefonte, Centre County, Pennsylvania. 

Pennsylvania Politics:

Bellefonte first Postmaster. 

Elected, Democratic Republicans Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, Mifflin County, 1797-1800. 

Elected, Democratic-Republicans, Pennsylvania State Senate, Luzerne, Mifflin and Northumberland Counties, 1800-1801. 

Elected, Democratic-Republicans, Pennsylvania State Senate, Centre, Lycoming and Mifflin Counties, 1801-1805. 

Elected, Constitutionalist Quid, Pennsylvania State Senate, Centre, Lycoming and Mifflin Counties, 1805-1808.             


Father, John Harris, founder of Mifflintown, County Seat of Juniata County. 

Son, Pennsylvania State Senator, William Harris, 12th district, Centre, Clinton, Lycoming Counties, 1847-1849. 

William Harris  - Pennsylvania Senate Library (

Wife, Anne Dunlop, daughter of Colonel John Dunlop, with whom they founded the town of Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. 


Cox, Harold. "Senate Members H"Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.

Rev James Harris (1755-1826) - Find a Grave Memorial