Biography - Thomas Harris

Thomas E. HARRIS, County Superintendent, Hillsboro, was born in Massachusetts in 1815; son of Thomas and Abigail (CHAPIN) HARRIS, he born in Massachusetts, died in Vermont, and she, the mother of five sons and three daughters, was born in Vermont. Our subject is the second son; received a good education at the Public Schools; commenced life as a clerk in the wholesale dry goods establishment in New York; went to England, lived in Manchester for three years, came from there to this State and commenced farming, which business he still follows. He has been Township Trustee for about twenty years; Supervisor of Butler Township three years, and was elected County Superintendent of Public Schools in December, 1877, an office he has filled acceptably to the present time. Mr. HARRIS was married tin this county about 1842, to Hulda WARE, a native of this county, and a daughter of Obediah and Electa (POST) WARE. They have one daughter, Julia, wife of Michael ROBERTSON, of this county, and who now lives in Butler. Although Montgomery has a Democratic majority of 500 or 600, yet our subject is a Republican, and has no trouble in getting the position he now holds, such is an evidence of his qualifications and popularity. He owns 200 acres of land in Butler Township.

Extracted 19 Nov 2016 by Norma Hass from 1882 History of Bond and Montgomery Counties, Illinois, Part 2 Biographical Department, page 108.

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