Political Figure. He was the chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 1892 to 1896. Pennsylvania Democrats were powerless in the Gilded Age; because of their stands on anti-unionism and anti-protectionism, they lacked support from labor and business groups in the state. In 1882, Harrity, chairman of the Philadelphia Democratic Executive Committee made the party more responsive to the people, and helped elect Democrat Robert E. Pattison as governor. Pattison was the only Democratic governor of Pennsylvania during the Gilded Age. During Pattison's first administration, Harrity became an influential member of the Democratic State Executive Committee, and then went on to help elect Grover Cleveland as the only Democratic president during the Gilded Age.
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