James E. Harris
|8th Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska|
|Governor||Silas A. Holcomb|
|Robert E. Moore|
|Edward A. Gilbert|
|Born||May 27, 1840|
Licking County, Ohio
|Died||September 2, 1923 (aged 83)|
San Bernardino County, California
|Political party||Fusion Party|
Harris was born to Abram and Phebe Eastman Harris in Licking County, Ohio on May 27, 1840. He briefly attended Bethany College starting in 1860, but his studies were interrupted by the Civil War. He subsequently obtained a degree from Eureka College. In 1866, he married Angeline Mitchell, daughter of Rev. D.G. Mitchell. Becoming a teacher and a preacher, he led the Utica (Ohio) Normal Training School for Teachers for nine years.
Around 1885 he moved to a farm in Nemaha County, Nebraska, and became pastor of a church in Auburn. He was elected to the Nebraska Legislature in 1892, and in 1896 elected to serve as Lieutenant Governor.