HARRIS, Oren, (1903 - 1997)


Photograph, 1956, Collection of U.S. House of Representatives

HARRIS, Oren, a Representative from Arkansas; born in Belton, Hempstead County, Ark., December 20, 1903; attended the public schools; graduated from Henderson State College, Arkadelphia, Ark., in 1929, and from Cumberland University Law School, Lebanon, Tenn., in 1930; admitted to the bar in 1930 and commenced practice in El Dorado, Ark.; deputy prosecuting attorney of Union County, Ark., 1933-1936; prosecuting attorney of the thirteenth judicial circuit of Arkansas 1937-1940; delegate to the Democratic State conventions in 1936 and 1940, and the Democratic National Conventions in 1944, 1952, 1956, and 1960; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-seventh and to the twelve succeeding Congresses, serving from January 3, 1941, until February 2, 1966, when he resigned to become United States district judge for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, effective February 3, 1966; chairman, Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce (Eighty-fifth through Eighty-ninth Congresses); died February 5, 1997; interment in Arlington Memorial Park, El Dorado, Ark.