Horace Harrison Harrison
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Tennessee's 5th district
March 4, 1873 - March 3, 1875
|Edward I. Golladay|
|John M. Bright|
|Born||August 7, 1829|
|Died||December 20, 1885 (aged 56)|
Harrison was born 7 August 1829 in Lebanon, Tennessee in Wilson County to Joshua Stone Harrison and Judith Coleman Turner. He attended Carroll Academy and completed the course in ancient classics under a private instructor. He moved with his parents to McMinnville, Warren County, Tennessee in 1841.
In Warren County, Harrison was clerk of the county court, master of the chancery court, and register of deeds. In 1851 and 1852, he was clerk of the Tennessee Senate. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1857, and commenced practice in McMinnville. He moved to Nashville in 1859 and continued the practice of law. He served as United States Attorney from 1863 to 1866 and was a chancellor of the Nashville division in 1866. He was a judge of the Tennessee Supreme Court in 1867 and 1868, one of the judges serving on the highly partisan "apocryphal" court, which was in place in Tennessee between the end of the American Civil War and the enactment of the Constitution of 1870. The justices who served on this court "without exception, were bitter partisans" who "had all been Union men, and... took the partisan view of all questions growing out of the war". Of this group, Harrison is described as one of several "of mediocre ability, who could not by possibility have reached a position of such importance in ordinary times". He was again a United States district attorney in 1872 and 1873.
Harrison was elected as a Republican to the Forty-third Congress, but was unsuccessful as a candidate for re-election. He served from March 4, 1873 to March 3, 1875. He is the last Republican to represent Tennessee's Fifth Congressional District. He was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1880. He was a member of the state legislature in 1880 and 1881.