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Isham Green Harris
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RIP
- Mike Caldwell
 Added: Jul. 8, 2014
 

- Ryan Curtis
 Added: Jul. 8, 2014
 
Deo Vidice. Your duty as you saw it.
- Ken SCV
 Added: Feb. 10, 2014
 
Your sacrifice has not been forgotten!
- Martha Reid 19 UDC
 Added: Jan. 5, 2014
 

- RoxღEd
 Added: Jul. 12, 2013
 
~Descendants of Gov. John Sevier, Tennessee's First Governor Salute You Sir!~
- Sevier Descendants -
 Added: Jan. 2, 2013
 

- Keeper of the Stars
 Added: Oct. 8, 2012
 
Thank You.
- Rush Rich
 Added: Oct. 5, 2012
 

- Annie H Darracott 791, UDC - Lakeland, FL
 Added: Sep. 3, 2012
 

- Bill
 Added: Apr. 13, 2012
 

- Phyllis Fine
 Added: Apr. 7, 2012
 

- Pipedreamer
 Added: Feb. 10, 2012
 

- Chris Green
 Added: Apr. 20, 2011
 

- Åke Frisk
 Added: Feb. 10, 2011
 

- Shannon M
 Added: Oct. 3, 2010
 
Your sacrifice has not been forgotten!
- Martha Reid 19 UDC
 Added: Sep. 1, 2010
 

- WDC
 Added: Jul. 5, 2010
 

- muffin
 Added: Feb. 10, 2010
 

- Monty
 Added: Jan. 24, 2010
 

- jared baker
 Added: Jan. 10, 2010
 

- Tony Smith SCV Camp 38, North Charleston S.C.
 Added: Nov. 13, 2009
 

- Mellissa Lake Co. Illinois
 Added: Oct. 20, 2009
 

- Peg
 Added: Aug. 11, 2009
 

- purple-lady
 Added: Apr. 12, 2009
 

- C.L. Panagopulos
 Added: Feb. 10, 2009
 
Gov.Harris 1st cousin to my Great-GreatGrandmother,Nancy Harris Sullivan by Louise Reid Faulkner
- mattie
 Added: Sep. 8, 2007
 
Gov.Harris 1st cousin to my Great-GreatGrandmother,Nancy Harris Sullivan by Louisr Reid Faulkner
- mattie
 Added: Sep. 8, 2007
 

- gaby hayes
 Added: Feb. 10, 2007
 

- Jackie Howard
 Added: Feb. 10, 2007
 
Great, Great, Grandfather Harris, I hope to learn more and more about you and our family.
- KCB
 Added: Jan. 9, 2007
 

- Dr. Bob Schneider
 Added: Jul. 8, 2006
 
188 today,RIP!
- thomas
 Added: Feb. 10, 2006
 

- A Marine's Daughter
 Added: Feb. 10, 2006
 
Rest Well, My Brother. Deo Vindice.
- Bob Hufford
 Added: Feb. 10, 2006
 
Remembering you...on your birthday. Rest in Peace.
- Doc
 Added: Feb. 10, 2006
 
"Happy Angel Day"!!
You are sadly misssed today :)
- Tracey Reid
 Added: Jul. 8, 2005
 
May eternal blessings be yours
- A Marine's Daughter
 Added: Jul. 8, 2005
 
Know that you are remembered on your birthday. Rest in Peace.
- Doc
 Added: Feb. 10, 2005
 
Remembering you on your birthday, Sir.

God bless & rest well.
- Just another taphophile
 Added: Feb. 10, 2005
 
Rest in Peace!
- Helen L. Smith Hoke
 Added: Dec. 14, 2004
 
ISHAM GREEN HARRIS, Tennessee’s Governor (1857-1862) and United States Senator, and the only “Confederate” Tennessee Governor (1861-1862).
Isham G. Harris, as he was known, was born 10 February 1818, son of Isham Green and Lucy (Davidson) Harris, in Franklin County Tennessee, near Tullahoma. He attended the “common schools” and Winchester Academy, Franklin County. At age of fourteen, “with the consent and blessing of his father,” moved to Paris, Henry County, Tennessee to become a store clerk; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Paris, Tennessee in 1841.

Married 6 July 1843, to Martha Maria Travis, of Henry County, a native of Virginia, daughter of Edward Travis; eight children Eugene T., Edward K., James H., Charles H., Isham Green, III, Harris and three whose names are not yet found.

A Democrat, he served in the Senate, 27th Tennessee General Assembly, 1847-49; representing Henry, Obion, and Weakley counties. While still at Paris, in addition to term in the General Assembly, was presidential elector, 1848, on Democratic ticket of Lewis Cass and William 0. Butler; elected to U.S. House of Representatives of 31st and 32nd Congresses, 4 March 1849-3 March 1853. He served on the Committee on Invalid Pensions, 32nd Congress.

He declined the nomination for 33rd Congress because of his plans to resume practice of law at Memphis, Shelby County; he moved to Memphis in 1853. Although highly successful in law practice, Senator Harris devoted a large portion of his life to public affairs. He again was presidential elector for state-at large, 1856, on Democratic ticket of James Buchanan and John C. Breckinridge.

He was elected Governor of Tennessee, 1857, and reelected 1859 and 1861; served from November 3, 1857 to 1862. Governor Harris was regarded as the leader in Tennessee of those who favored separation from the United States after the election of President Lincoln in 1860.

On 24 December, 1860, South Carolina was the first state to secede from the Union. Governor Harris’s message to the Tennessee General Assembly on 7 January 1861 amply displays his sentiments toward the Union, and the possibility of a “homogeneous Confederacy of Southern States.”

On 9 February, 1861, the Tennessee electorate voted against secession. A law provided that the voters were to cast their ballots For Convention or No Convention Tennessee voted 57,789 For Convention, 69,675 No Convention. There would be Convention, but even if there had been one the vote for the Delegates, 88,803 for Union Delegates, 24,749 for Disunion delegates, assured that Tennessee would not secede from the Union.

After the fall of Fort Sumter, April 4, 1861, President Lincoln called for troops from the states, including Tennessee; on 17 April 1861, Governor Harris replied to Simon Cameron, Secretary of War, “Tennessee will not furnish a single man for the purpose of coercion, but 50,000 if necessary for the defense of our rights and those of our Southern brothers” [text of letter]. On 25 April 1861, Harris sent another message to the Tennessee General Assmebly, in which he again elucidates and endorses the Southern cause. In the election on the subject of withdrawal from the Union, June 8, 1861, the vote for separation was 102,172 and against separation 47,238; on June 24, following, Harris issued a proclamation declaring ... “all connections by the State of Tennessee with the Federal Union dissolved, and that Tennessee is a free, independent government, free from all obligations to or connection with the Federal Government of the United States of America.” In the period between the fall of Fort Sumter and the election of June 8, Governor Harris took the lead in preparing the state for eventual hostilities. Harris was instrumental in the formation of the Provisional Army of Tennessee, forerunner of the C.S.A. Army of Tennessee. On May 6 the legislature adopted “An Ordinance for the Adoption of the Constitution of the Provisional Government of the Confederate States of America,” subject was for the Tennessee electorate to vote on June 8 1861 and the Governor appointed commissioners to enter into a Military League with the authorities of the Confederate States. So it was that Tennessee became a state in the Southern Confederacy. In the state election in August following, Harris was reelected governor by a majority of more than 31,000 votes.

The General Assembly was in session at Nashville when Fort Donelson fell on February 16, 1862, and Federal occupation of Nashville was soon to follow; on February 16, 1862, Governor Harris issued a call for the legislature to assemble at Memphis on the 20th following, and the executive office was moved to that city. On February 20, Governor Harris sent a message to the Tennessee General Assembly about the the current precarious position in which Tennessee found itself.

By March 20, the legislature adjourned sine die, and the Union forces took possession of Memphis on June 6, 1862. In the meantime President Lincoln had appointed Andrew Johnson Military Governor of Tennessee, March 3, 1862, and he took possession of the Executive Offices in the Capitol at Nashville. Of course, the C.S.A. Army of Tennessee fought bravely on until the war ended.

Harris was still nominally governor but driven from the state by the enemy, he became a voluntary member of the staffs of Confederate Generals Albert Sidney Johnston, Braxton Bragg, and Joseph E. Johnston.

From Pisgah History :

“Isham G. Harris was born at Winchester and came to this County [Giles County Tennessee] when a young man and lived awhile with his brother, James T. Harris, who lived on Bradshaw Creek. James T. Harris was a lieutenant colonel in the Confederate Army. At the Battle of Shiloh, General A. S. Johnston fell mortally wounded and died in the arms of Isham G. Harris.

Pink Harris, a son of James T., rode up during this scene and said: ‘Uncle Isham, Father has just been killed’. Isham G. Harris, in speaking of this sad incident to Dr. Jesse Mayes, of this place, afterward said, ‘I learned just there, there was a wide difference between war on paper and war on the field.’ ”

After the war ended, with a reward of $5,000 for his apprehension, Harris fled to Mexico and later to England. He returned to Memphis in 1867 and resumed the practice of law.

He was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1877; reelected in 1883, 1889, and 1895 and served from March 4, 1877, until his death. He served as President pro tempore of the Senate during the Fifty-third Congress; chairman, Committee on District of Columbia (Forty-sixth and Fifty-third Congresses), Committee on Epidemic Diseases (Forty-ninth through Fifty-second Congresses), Committee on Private Land Claims (Fifty-fourth and Fifty-fifth Congresses). He died in Washington, D.C., 8 July 8 1897; following the funeral service in the Senate Chamber on July 10, his remains were sent to Nashville to lie in state for one day in the Hall of Tennessee’s House of Representatives; on to Memphis to lie in state in the First Methodist Church of that city, where final services were conducted; buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis. He was a member of Free and Accepted Masons, having been elected Grand Orator of the Grand Lodge of Tennessee in 1851 and again in 1868. Brother-in-law of James R. McMeans, Joseph H. Travis, and William E. Travis, sometime members Tennessee General Assembly.

- Gerhardt Leffler
 Added: Dec. 4, 2004
 

- Abbi
 Added: Sep. 27, 2004
 
Deo Vindice!
- A South Carolinian
 Added: Aug. 18, 2004
 

- Helen
 Added: Jul. 8, 2004
 

- God Bless & R.I.P. ~ Daughter Of An Angel ~
 Added: Jul. 6, 2004
 
Rest in peace Gov. Harris.

- W. R. L.
 Added: Jul. 6, 2004
 
To a great man and Mason who served his state well.
- D.P. from Tennessee
 Added: Apr. 21, 2004
 

- Anonymous
 Added: Mar. 11, 2004
 

- Elisa Jones
 Added: Mar. 8, 2004
 
R.I.P.
- quebecoise
 Added: Feb. 18, 2004
 
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