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Below is a family biography included in The History of Washington County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Alex Harrison, superintendent of the Palmer Lead Company, was born in Crawford County, Mo., in 1854, being a son of William H. and Margaret T. (Enloe) Harrison, both native Kentuckians. They were among the early settlers of Crawford County, Mo., and were consistent members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Their family consisted of five children, four sons and one daughter. The father was a farmer, a Republican in politics, and served in the Mexican War. Alex Harrison, his son, made his own way in the world, as both his parents died when he was ten years old. He schooled himself, and after working on the railroad for a time he mined lead for about five years. He was then salesman in a store at Osage, Crawford County, for some time, and in 1881 he was chosen superintendent of the Palmer Lead Company’s store. Two years later he took charge of their entire property. In 1883 he married Samantha Eidson, a native of this county, and by her is the father of two children: Claud and an infant. Mr. Harrison is a Republican, and belongs to the Masons and A. O. U. W. He has a good position, and, owing to the fact that he began life a very poor boy, he has done remarkably well in the battle of life.

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