John F. Harris

John F. Harris (Washington County)

State House: 1890

Born: January 1827 in Virginia
Died: August 20, 1913 in Greenville, MS

Lawyer and carpenter. Harris had worked as a carpenter when he was enslaved, and he continued to do carpentry work as a free man, though his main occupation was the law (he was admitted to the Bar in 1870) and civic leadership. Listed on the 1870, 1880, 1900, and 1910 census in Greenville with wife Nancy J. and family. Also served as a Greenville city councilman and was a member of the Knights and Daughters of Jacob social organization.

In February 1890, Harris was lauded by the white population for supporting the appropriation of funds to erect Jackson’s Confederate monument.

Possibly one of the men shown in this portrait of the 1890 legislature, which is unlabeled.

John F. Harris on Wikipedia
Memorial on Find A Grave (note: seems to have been created to advance a political statement)

Weekly Mississippi Pilot, Dec 24, 1870
Vicksburg Herald, December 17, 1873
Weekly Democrat-Times, Dec 19, 1874
Weekly Democrat-Times, Oct 29, 1881
Weekly Democrat-Times, April 19, 1884
Weekly Democrat-Times, Jan 3, 1885
Vicksburg Herald, December 16, 1885
Weekly Democrat-Times, March 10, 1888
Clarion Ledger, January 23, 1890
Clarion Ledger, February 23, 1890
Weekly Democrat, March 11, 1891
Macon Beacon, December 15, 1894
Weekly Democrat-Times, April 18, 1903
Weekly Democrat-Times, Oct 27, 1906
Vicksburg Evening Post, August 20, 1913