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Dewitt Clinton Harris
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Birth: Jul. 17, 1814
New York, USA
Death: Jan. 2, 1861
Harris County
Texas, USA

Harrisburg County official and railroad promoter. He moved to Texas in 1833 and opened a store. In June 1835, he and Andrew Briscoe were imprisoned by Mexican customs officials at Anahuac, an incident that marked the beginning of Texan - Mexican hostilities. In 1836, Harris served as an election official and was defeated for the position of regidor of the municipality of Harrisburg. He was elected first county clerk of Harrisburg County on February 6, 1837, and served as such until February 9, 1841. He was a director of the Harrisburg Town Company from 1839 to 1847 and, after Briscoe's death, agent for the company. In 1842 he was elected alderman of Harrisburg. He was connected with the Buffalo Bayou, Brazos and Colorado Railway Company from 1850 to 1861 as contractor, conductor, director, and secretary. He was also postmaster of Harrisburg. Harris was an Episcopalian and from 1839 to 1842 was a vestryman of Christ Church, Houston. He was a charter member of the first Texas Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge, organized in 1838, and the first Houston Chamber of Commerce.

Son of John Richardson Harris and Jane (Birdsall) Harris.

Married Saville Fenwick of Frankfort, Kentucky, on March 16, 1849. Father of Mary Columba (Harris) Hume, Anna Harris, Maria Cornelia Harris, Frank Harris, and Mary Clinton (Harris) Gallagher.

He died in Harrisburg, and was buried in Glendale Cemetery there. In 1913 his remains were removed to Glenwood Cemetery, Houston.
 
 
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 Parents:
  John Richardson Harris (1789 - 1829)
  Jane Birdsall Harris (1791 - 1869)
 
 Spouse:
  Saville Fenwick Harris (1826 - 1875)
 
 Children:
  Mary Columba Harris Hume (1849 - 1911)*
  Annie Bell Harris (1854 - 1886)*
  Mary Clinton Harris Gallagher (1859 - 1936)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Glenwood Cemetery
Houston
Harris County
Texas, USA
Plot: Sec. G-1, Lot 030
 
Created by: Rebecca Ewing Peterson
Record added: Jan 12, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 103474117
Dewitt Clinton Harris
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Dewitt Clinton Harris
Added by: Gene Ford
 
Dewitt Clinton Harris
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 Added: May. 7, 2013
 
 
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