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BIOGRAPHY: Sampson W. Harris (Feb. 23, 1809-April 1, 1857)

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(Feb. 23, 1809 – April 1, 1857)

Georgia, Washington D. C., Coosa County, Alabama

(Excerpt from History of Coosa County: by the Rev. George Evans Brewer, 1887)

Sampson W. Harris, a son of Stephen Harris of Eatonton, Georgia, and a graduate of the University of Georgia, came to Coosa in 1836, and settled at New Georgia, having his law office in Wetumpka.

He was a man of good medium height and size, of very graceful and engaging manners, personally attractive, a good lawyer, and fine speaker.

In 1841 he was elected over Mr. Morris as solicitor for the circuit, which he resigned in 1844 to run for the Senate from the District composed of Coosa and Autauga, and was elected. In 1847 he ran for Congress from the District—was elected, and impressed himself upon the Congress even in his first session. In 1849 he was re-elected, defeating John S. Hunter.

In 1851, William S. Mudd of Jefferson opposed Mr. Harris for Congress, but like his other opponents went down in defeat. Harris was of the “fire-eating” party. The writer remembers a pun he made on the name of his opponent in one of his speeches, when he cautioned them saying: “Fellow-citizens, I plead with you to be careful lest my opponent should throw Mudd in your eyes.”

In 1853 he was again elected over S. D. J. Moore of Lowndes. In 1855, Hon. William B. Martin of Benton was the Know-Nothing candidate against Mr. Harris, but his good fortune adhered to him, and he was again elected. He died before his term expired in Washington in the spring of 1857, greatly to the regret not only of Coosa and his District, but generally for he was widely known, and was a favorite with all who knew him.

After his death, his family removed to LaGrange, Ga. Col. Sampson W. Harris of the 6th Ga. Regt, in the Confederate Army was a son. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church.

NOTE: Additional information: memorial 7115143

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  1. My Great Great Great Grandfather, Thomas Benjamin Williams, was a friend and a fellow lawyer with Sampson Harris in the Coosa-Autauga-Wetumpka areas of Alabama. He even named his son, Sampson Harris Williams, after his friend and mentor. Thomas Benjamin Williams would later follow his mentor’s path and serve as a Representative for Alabama.

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