HARRISON, Thomas Walter, (1856 - 1935)


Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives

HARRISON, Thomas Walter, (father of Burr Powell Harrison), a Representative from Virginia; born in Leesburg, Loudoun County, Va., August 5, 1856; attended local academies at Leesburg, Middleburg, and Hanover; was graduated from the academic and law departments of the University of Virginia at Charlottesville in 1879; was admitted to the bar in 1879 and commenced practice in Winchester, Va.; member of the State senate 1887-1894; judge of the circuit court for the seventeenth judicial district of Virginia from 1895 until September 1, 1916; editor of the Winchester Times; member of the State constitutional convention in 1901 and 1902; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-fourth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of James Hay; reelected to the Sixty-fifth and Sixty-sixth Congresses and served from November 7, 1916, to March 3, 1921; presented credentials as a Member-elect to the Sixty-seventh Congress and served from March 4, 1921, to December 15, 1922, when he was succeeded by John Paul, who contested his election; elected to the Sixty-eighth, Sixty-ninth, and Seventieth Congresses (March 4, 1923-March 3, 1929); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1928 to the Seventy-first Congress; practiced law in Winchester, Va., until his death there on May 9, 1935; interment in Mount Hebron Cemetery.