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Walter Harriman

Birthdate: (67)
Death: July 25, 1884 (67)
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Son of Benjamin Harriman and Hannah Harriman

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About Brevet Brig. General Walter Harriman (USA), Governor

'Walter Harriman

Birth: Apr. 8, 1817 Warner Merrimack County New Hampshire, USA

Death: Jul. 25, 1884 Warner Merrimack County New Hampshire, USA

Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General, New Hampshire Governor. He began his working life as a schoolteacher and in 1849, was elected to the New Hampshire state legislature as the representative. As a Democrat, he served as State Treasurer 1853-54, then as Clerk in the Pension Office, Washington, D.C. 1855-56. He returned to New Hampshire and was a state legislator 1858-59, then a State Senator 1859-61. In 1861, he was commissioned a Colonel in the 11th New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry. He interrupted his military service to run as a War Democrat in the 1863 gubernatorial campaign but lost the election. He returned to military service, commanding the 11th New Hampshire in the Battle of the Wilderness, Fredericksburg, Virginia was captured May 6, 1864 and was exchanged on August 4, 1864. For his military service he was brevetted Brigadier General of US Volunteers on March 13, 1865. After the war, he joined the Republican Party, served as New Hampshire Secretary of State 1865-67, then won election as State Governor and served 1867-69. In retirement he served as Naval Officer for the Port of Boston and published two books, “History of Warner” and "In the Orient" a record of a tour through Europe and the east in 1882. There is a statue monument to his honor in Warner, New Hampshire. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith)

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 Benjamin Evans Harriman (1791 - 1856)
 Hannah (Flanders)  Harriman (1794 - 1866) 

 Apphia Hoyt Harriman (____ - 1843)*
 Almira R. Andrews Harriman (1819 - 1903)*

 Walter C. Harriman (1849 - 1918)*

 Henry Harrison Harriman (1814 - 1878)*
 Benjamin F. Harriman (1815 - 1885)**
 Walter Harriman (1817 - 1884)
 David Crockett Harriman (1820 - 1900)**
 Augustine W. Harriman (1825 - 1896)**
 Leonidas Harriman (1827 - 1894)**
 Hannah Augusta Harriman Morse (1828 - 1890)*
 Helen Solena Harriman Montgomery (1831 - 1896)*
 Frank P. Harriman (1834 - 1913)**
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Burial: Pine Grove Cemetery Warner Merrimack County New Hampshire, USA

Maintained by: Find A Grave Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith Record added: Dec 20, 2004 Find A Grave Memorial# 10157831

Walter Harriman (April 8, 1817 – July 25, 1884) was an American preacher, merchant, soldier, and politician who served two terms as the Governor of New Hampshire. He was a brevet brigadier general in the Union Army during the American Civil War.

Early life and career

Harriman was born in Warner, New Hampshire, where he was raised and educated. He taught school at a number of academies in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and New Jersey from 1835 through 1840. While teaching, he studied theology and in 1840 joined the Universalist Church. He later preached in Harvard, Massachusetts, and his native Warner.

In 1849, Harriman entered politics as a Democrat and was elected to the New Hampshire state legislature, serving through 1850. The following year, he resigned as a minister and opened a store in Warner, partnering with John S. Pillsbury, a future Governor of Minnesota and industrialist. In 1853, Harriman returned to politics and served as State Treasurer until 1854 when he moved to Washington, D.C., to take the role as Clerk of the Pension Office, a patronage position which he held until 1856 when President James Buchanan took office and replaced Harriman with his own selection.

Harriman returned to New Hampshire and was elected to the state legislature in 1858. He was subsequently elected to the state senate, serving there from 1859 through 1861. Upon the completion of his term, he entered the newspaper business as an editor in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Civil War

In 1862, Harriman was appointed colonel of the 11th New Hampshire, a newly raised three-years regiment of infantry. He led his regiment from Cincinnati, Ohio, across the rugged Cumberland Plateau of Kentucky and Tennessee to join Maj. Gen. Ambrose Burnside's army in Knoxville, Tennessee. Harriman had no horse and walked with his men. During this 20-day journey, Harriman and his regiment camped for several days on the Emory River in Tennessee near the future location of the city of Harriman. (The directors of the company that later founded the city there decided to name it for him after having a conversation with an elderly man who fondly remembered Colonel Harriman and recalled the colonel saying that there should be a town near his regiment's campsite.)

He interrupted his military service to run as a War Democrat in the 1863 gubernatorial campaign. He siphoned off enough regular Democratic votes to give the election to Republican candidate Joseph A. Gilmore. Harriman rejoined the 11th New Hampshire in time for the Battle of the Wilderness during the Overland Campaign. He was captured and sent south as a prisoner of war. He was exchanged in September 1864, and mustered out as a Brevet brigadier general in June 1865.

Postbellum career

Following the Civil War's conclusion in early 1865, Harriman joined the Republican Party and served as the New Hampshire Secretary of State until 1867, when he was elected as the state's governor. Harriman served two terms as Governor of New Hampshire from 1867 to 1869. Governor Harriman urged the public and the legislature to develop New Hampshire's agricultural, industrial and forest resources, in order to develop a post-war economy. He was very concerned with the education of post-war citizens of the state, and he signed an act creating teacher institutes. He personally drafted a law to get education out from under county commissioners, and he established an education fund with monies from the sale of state lands.

In retirement, Harriman served as Naval Officer for the Port of Boston until 1877. He published his History of Warner in 1879, and then traveled to Europe and the Far East from 1882–83. He published Travels and Observations in the Far East in 1883.

Walter Harriman died the following year in Concord, New Hampshire, where he is buried.

In the early 1890s Harriman's son, Walter C. Harriman, was one of the founders of the city of Harriman, Tennessee, which is named for Governor Harriman.

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Brevet Brig. General Walter Harriman (USA), Governor's Timeline

April 8, 1817
July 25, 1884
Age 67