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William Henry Harries, (January 15, 1843 – July 23, 1921), was a Representative from Minnesota; born near Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio; moved to La Crosse, Wisconsin; enlisted as a private in Company B, Second Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, April 18, 1861; was wounded at the Battle of Antietam, [1] commissioned captain of Company F, Third Regiment, United States Veteran Volunteers, General Hancock’s corps, December 21, 1864; honorably discharged April 17, 1866; was graduated from the law school of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1868; was admitted to the bar in 1868, and commenced practice in Hokah, Minnesota; afterwards practiced in Caledonia, Houston County, Minnesota; prosecuting attorney of Houston County 1874 – 1878; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-second Congress (March 4, 1891 – March 3, 1893); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1892 to the Fifty-third Congress; appointed by President Grover Cleveland as collector of internal revenue for Minnesota and served from 1894 to 1898, residing in St. Paul, Minnesota; resumed the practice of his profession in Caledonia in 1898; was president of the village of Caledonia and a member of its board of education;[2] department commander of the Minnesota department of the Grand Army of the Republic in 1901; member of the board of trustees of the Minnesota Soldiers’ Home in 1903, secretary of the board 1907 – 1911, and commandant of the home 1911 – 1918; died in Seattle, Washington; interment in Evergreen Cemetery, Caledonia, Minnesota.

    Capt. Harries married Austis L. Dunbar in 1870,[3] and after she died he married her sister Hattie Hadley Dunbar in 1882. [4]  Hattie subsequently died in 1895. [5] The father of these two sisters was William F. Dunbar, the first state auditor of Minnesota. [6]. The eleven children of these two marriages are Mary Lucretia, Anna Belle, Ethelind, Paul W., Anstice, Hattie, George, Alice, Beth Bernice, Edna Beatrice, and Donald Dunbar. [7]
  1. ^ T. Christianson, Minnesota, The Land of Sky-Tinted Waters, A History of the State and Its People, V.II, p 321-22 (The American Historical Society, Inc., 1935)
  2. ^ T. Christianson, Minnesota, The Land of Sky-Tinted Waters, A History of the State and Its People, V.II, p 321-22 (The American Historical Society, Inc., 1935)
  3. ^ Harries Family Genealogical Records
  4. ^ Harries Family Genealogical Records
  5. ^ T. Christianson, Minnesota, The Land of Sky-Tinted Waters, A History of the State and Its People, V.II, p 321-22 (The American Historical Society, Inc., 1935)
  6. ^ T. Christianson, Minnesota, The Land of Sky-Tinted Waters, A History of the State and Its People, V.II, p 321-22 (The American Historical Society, Inc., 1935)
  7. ^ Harries Family Genealogical Records
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Mark H. Dunnell
U.S. Representative from Minnesota's 1st congressional district
1891 – 1893
Succeeded by
James Albertus Tawney
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