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Biography of Robert W. Harrison Jr.

ROBERT W. HARRISON, JR. This gentleman comes of a good Southern family, and in Maury County, Tennessee, his father, Robert W. Harrison, first saw the light in 1818. He was the only child of his parents,__________ and Elizabeth (Roberts) Harrison, and is a member of the same family as is ex-President Benjamin H. Harrison. He received fair educational advantages in his youth, and in 1841 came to Newton County, Arkansas, and settled on Little Buffalo Creek, one mile above Jasper, where he made his home for about one year. At the end of that time he moved to Boone County, Arkansas, but after a short time returned to his farm in this county, and after residing on the same for three years took up his residence in Jasper, where he made his home until his death in 1881. He was a successful law practitioner for some years, and in 1859-60 he was elected to represent the county in the State Legislature, and for a period of about ten years served in the responsible capacity of county judge, becoming one of the most prominent men of his section. He was for a long time connected with the Republican party, but for some years before his death supported the measures of Democracy. He was married on Dick River in Maury County, Tennessee, and removed to Arkansas by wagon at a time when the country was so wild that they had to cut a road through the cane brake and brush at many different places. They made a settlement on a very large tract of land about one mile west of Jasper,...

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