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Ira Harris

Birthdate: (73)
Birthplace: Charleston, Montgomery County, New York, United States
Death: December 2, 1875 (73)
Albany, Albany County, New York, United States
Place of Burial: Albany Rural Cemetery (Plot: Section 18 Lot 3), Menands, Albany County, New York USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Frederick Waterman Harris and Lucy Harris
Husband of Louisa Harris; Louisa Harris; Clarissa T Harris and Pauline Noyes Rathbone Rathbone
Father of Clara Harris; William Harris; Amanda Judson Miller; Louise Hannah Harris; LTC William Hamilton Harris and 2 others
Brother of Lucinda Shepard; Phoebe Phelps; Judge Hamilton Harris and Amanda Judson

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About Ira Harris, U.S. Senator

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ira_Harris

Ira Harris (May 31, 1802 – December 2, 1875) was an American jurist and senator from New York. He was also a friend of Abraham Lincoln's.


Life


Harris grew up on a farm, and graduated from Union College in 1824. Then he studied law in Albany, and in 1828 was admitted to the bar.


He was a Whig member from Albany County of the New York State Assembly in 1845 and 1846. He was a delegate to the New York State Constitutional Convention of 1846. He was a member of the New York State Senate (3rd District) in 1847.


He was a justice of the New York Supreme Court (3rd District) from 1847 to 1859, and was ex officio a judge of the New York Court of Appeals in 1850 and 1858.

U.S. Senate


In February 1861, Harris was elected a U.S. Senator from New York to succeed William H. Seward who did not seek re-election, but would be appointed U.S. Secretary of State by Abraham Lincoln. In the U.S. Senate, Harris served on the Committees on Foreign Relations, and the Judiciary, and the Select Joint Committee on the Southern States. Although he supported the administration in the main, he did not fear to express his opposition to all measures, however popular at the time, that did not appear to him either wise or just. He visited Lincoln at the White House often and grew a friendship with him. He was also a good friend of his predecessor in the senate William H. Seward.


His son William Harris was a colonel in the Army Ordnance Department. His daughter Clara Harris and his stepson/future son-in-law Henry Rathbone were the Lincolns' guests at Ford's Theatre on April 14, 1865, when the president was shot and killed by John Wilkes Booth. Booth stabbed Rathbone in the arm when he tried to stop the assassin from escaping. Clara and Henry were married in 1867, but were also step siblings, Harris having remarried to Pauline Rathbone, Henry's mother.


Judge Harris was for more than twenty years a professor of equity, jurisprudence and practice in the Albany Law School and during his senatorial term delivered a course of lectures at the law school of Columbian University (now George Washington University), Washington, D.C.. In the Senate, he also served on the Joint Committee on Reconstruction which drafted the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.


Harris was buried at the Albany Rural Cemetery with his first wife Clarissa.


His grandson, Henry Riggs Rathbone, was a congressman from Illinois.


Civil War US Senator. He graduated from Union College in Schenectady, New York in 1824, and became a member of the first Board of Albany Medical School. He became associated with Whig Party in 1840 which was run by Thurlow Weed, publisher of “Albany Evening Journal”. He then served in the New York State Assembly from 1844 to 1845, in the New York State Senate in 1846, and as a New York State Associate Supreme Court Justice from 1847 t0 1859. In 1851 he formed Albany Law School in 1851 with Amos Dean & Amasa Parker. He was elected as a Republican Senator from New York to the United States Senate, serving from 1861 to 1867, becoming close friends with President Abraham Lincoln. (bio by: [fg.cgi?page=mr&MRid=11235995" target="_blank Mark Bodnar)]

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Ira Harris, U.S. Senator's Timeline

1802
May 31, 1802
Montgomery County, New York, United States
1830
June 20, 1830
Age 28
1834
September 9, 1834
Age 32
New York, New York, United States
1836
January 5, 1836
Age 33
Albany, Albany County, New York, United States
1838
June 6, 1838
Age 36
Albany, Albany County, New York, United States
1840
December 12, 1840
Age 38
1850
1850
Age 47
1875
December 2, 1875
Age 73
Albany, Albany County, New York, United States
December 2, 1875
Age 73
Albany Rural Cemetery (Plot: Section 18 Lot 3), Menands, Albany County, New York USA