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James Thomas Harrison

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James Thomas Harrison
Deputy from Mississippi
to the Provisional Congress
of the Confederate States
In office
February 4, 1861 – February 17, 1862
Preceded byNew constituency
Succeeded byConstituency abolished
Personal details
Born(1811-11-30)November 30, 1811
Pendleton, South Carolina
DiedMay 22, 1879(1879-05-22) (aged 67)
Columbus, Mississippi
Resting placeFriendship Cemetery,
Columbus, Mississippi

James Thomas Harrison (November 30, 1811 – May 22, 1879) was an American politician who served as a Deputy from Mississippi to the Provisional Congress of the Confederate States from 1861 to 1862.



James Thomas Harrison was born on November 30, 1811, near Pendleton, South Carolina.[1] He was the son of Thomas Harrison, a lawyer, military officer in the War of 1812, and Comptroller General of South Carolina; and his wife, a daughter of U.S. Representative John Baylis Earle.[1] Harrison graduated from the University of South Carolina at the age of 18.[1] He then studied law under James L. Petigru in Charleston, South Carolina.[1] In 1834, Harrison moved to Macon, Mississippi, to practice law.[1] Two years later, he moved to Columbus, Mississippi, and continued his law practice there.[1] He represented the Mississippi bar in the trial of Jefferson Davis.[1] He died in Columbus on May 22, 1879.[1]



He was a descendant of Virginia Governor and United States Declaration of Independence signatory Benjamin Harrison V (1726–1791). He married Regina, the daughter of Thomas G. Blewett, in 1840.[2] His daughter, Regina, married Lieutenant-General Stephen D. Lee in 1865.[3] His son, James T. Harrison (1848-1928), was the Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi from 1900 to 1904.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Mississippi: Embracing an Authentic and Comprehensive Account of the Chief Events in the History of the State and a Record of the Lives of Many of the Most Worthy and Illustrious Families and Individuals. Goodspeed. 1891. pp. 884–885.
  2. ^ Rowland, Dunbar (1907). Encyclopedia of Mississippi History: Comprising Sketches of Counties, Towns, Events, Institutions and Persons. S. A. Brant. pp. 847–848.
  3. ^ "Lieutenant General Stephen Dill Lee". Archived from the original on May 9, 2008. Retrieved August 20, 2010.
Political offices
Preceded by
New constituency
Deputy from Mississippi to the
Provisional Congress of the Confederate States

Succeeded by
Constituency abolished