Member Biography

John R. Harris 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1857       21 Republican
1858       21 Republican
1859       25 Republican


03/02/1802 - 04/18/1874

Major John R. Harris (R21) Beaver, Butler, Lawrence Counties 1857-1858 (R25) Beaver, Butler Counties 1859

Early Life:

Major John R. Harris, born March 2, 1802, Harrisville, Butler County; son of Ephraim and Hannah Elliot Harris; general merchant; founder, Harrisville carding mill; tavern owner; Pennsylvania State Senate, 1857-1859; married, Maria Black, daughter, Lucinda Harris; died, April 18, 1874 (aged 72 Years, 1 Month, 16 days) interment, Prairie Cemetery, Harrisville, Butler County, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 21std district, Beaver, Butler, Lawrence Counties, 1857-1858; Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 25th district, Beaver, Butler Counties, 1859.


Harrisville, founded by joining Harrisville and Reedsville, by father, Ephraim Harris, 1826. Harrisville, had its first school, 1830, incorporated, 1846, high school, built, 1856.


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

The Pittsburgh Daily Commercial (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) Monday April 27 1874 · Page 2

John R. Harris (1802-1874) - Find a Grave Memorial