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 Dewitt Clinton Harris

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Dewitt Clinton Harris

  • Birth 17 Jul 1814 New York, USA
  • Death 2 Jan 1861 Harris County, Texas, USA
  • Burial Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA
  • Plot Sec. G-1, Lot 030
  • Memorial ID 103474117

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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  • Created by: Rebecca Ewing Peterson
  • Added: 12 Jan 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 103474117
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dewitt Clinton Harris (17 Jul 1814–2 Jan 1861), Find A Grave Memorial no. 103474117, citing Glenwood Cemetery, Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Rebecca Ewing Peterson (contributor 46987065) .