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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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Frank Harris (deceased) was a native of Washington County, and was born June 15, 1843. He was the second in the family of three children born to Henry and Mary (Haefner) Harris, natives, respectively, of Poland and Kentucky. Frank was reared in his native county and received excellent educational advantages. He attended the Christian Brothers’ College, of St. Louis, from which institution he graduated June 28, 1861; he afterward entered Columbia College, New York, where he graduated in May, 1864, and in December of the same year was admitted to the bar of the Supreme Court of New York. While pursuing his studies at Columbia College he was employed as tutor in the college. After being admitted to the bar he located at Independence, and entered upon the active practice of his profession, which he followed until the death of his father, which necessitated his return to Washington County. In connection with his law practice, in the latter county, he was also engaged in mercantile pursuits, and became closely identified with both the political and business interests of the county. In 1872 he established the Independent, a paper which he conducted with signal ability until his death, which occurred May 23, 1836. On January 13, 1869, he married Miss Estelle D. Harris, a daughter of L. W. and Sarah (Hicks) Harris, the latter a niece of Gov. Dunklin. Mr. Harris was an active Democrat in politics and worked faithfully for the interests of his party. For eight years he held the office of prosecuting attorney, the duties of which position he was discharging at the time of his death. He left at his death, beside his widow, six children, viz.: Frank, Emma, Henry W., Alonzo G., Lucille and Pauline.

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This family biography is one of 138 biographies included in The History of Washington County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Washington County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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