Isham G. Harris

U.S. Congressperson from United States of America

Isham Green Harris (February 10, 1818 – July 8, 1897) was an American politician. He served as Governor of Tennessee from 1857 to 1862 and as a U.S. Senator from 1877 until his death. As governor, his decision not to respond to President Abraham Lincoln's request for troops to quell the secession of the Southern states helped make Tennessee the last state to join the Confederacy. During the Civil War, Harris served as staff officer in the Confederate Army. Following the defeat of the Confederacy, Harris fled to Mexico, but returned to Memphis after learning most Confederate officials were not being prosecuted for treason. He was subsequently elected to four terms in the United States Senate and served as its President pro tempore. Harris was born in Franklin County, Tennessee near Tullahoma. He was the ninth child of Isham Green Harris, a farmer and Methodist minister, and his wife Lucy Davidson Harris. His parents had moved from North Carolina to Middle Tennessee in 1806. He was educated at Carrick Academy in Winchester, Tennessee until he was fourteen. He moved to Paris, Tennessee where he joined up with his brother William, an attorney, and became a store clerk. In 1838, with  ( Wikipedia article )


Personal facts

Known as
Isham Harris
Date of birth
Place of birth
United States of America

Political career

Party From To
Democratic Party


Date of death
Place of death
Washington, D.C.

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