HARNESS, Forest Arthur, (1895 - 1974)


Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives

HARNESS, Forest Arthur, a Representative from Indiana; born in Kokomo, Howard County, Ind., June 24, 1895; attended the public schools and was graduated from the law department of Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., in 1917; served overseas as a first lieutenant, Three Hundred and Nineteenth Infantry, 1917-1919; awarded the Purple Heart; captain, Infantry Reserve, United States Army, 1920-1949; admitted to the District of Columbia bar in 1917, to the Indiana bar in 1919, and commenced practice in Kokomo, Ind.; prosecuting attorney of Howard County, Ind., 1920-1924; special assistant to the Attorney General of the United States from 1931 to 1935 when he resigned to resume private practice; elected as a Republican to the Seventy-sixth and to the four succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1939-January 3, 1949); chairman, Select Committee on the Federal Communications Commission (Eightieth Congress); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1948 to the Eighty-first Congress; resumed the practice of law; Sergeant at Arms of the United States Senate from January 3, 1953, to January 3, 1955; retired in 1960 and resided in Sarasota, Fla., where he died, July 29, 1974; entombment in the mausoleum at Crown Point Cemetery, Kokomo, Ind.