Flanagin, Harris, 1817-1874

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Harris Flanagin was born in New Jersey on 3 Nov. 1817. He moved to Greenville, Ark., then the county seat of Clark County, and began practicing law. In 1841 he served as deputy sheriff of Clark County. In 1842 Flanagin was elected state representative and served for two years. He was again elected to public office in 1848 and served in the state senate for the next two years. Flanagin married Martha E. Nash of Washington in 1851. They had three children: Duncan, Nash and Laura. Following Arkansas's secession from the Union in 1861, Flanagin was selected as a representative from Clark County to the Constitutional Convention in Little Rock where he took an active role in forming the new state constitution. Flanagin joined the Second Arkansas Mounted Rifles and was commissioned a captain. The company traveled to Missouri and saw a great deal of active service after that time. Following the battle of Elk Horn, Flanagin was made a colonel. Flanagin was elected governor of Arkansas in 1862. As governor, Flanagin moved the state government to Washington in Sept. 1863 following the capture of Little Rock. At the end of the war, he received a presidential pardon but remained disfranchised until 1873. In 1874 Flanagin became a member of the Constitutional Convention and was selected chairman of the Judicial Committee. While in Little Rock working to form the new constitution, he contracted a severe cold and returned to Arkadelphia a very sick man. He died 23 Oct. 1874.

From the description of Harris Flanagin family papers, 1837-1987. (Arkansas History Commission). WorldCat record id: 166428630

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referencedIn Arkansas. Auditor of State. L.C. Gulley collection of state papers, 1819-1904. Arkansas History Commission, Department of Archives and History
referencedIn Frederick M. Dearborn collection of military and political Americana, Part II: The Civil War and the Confederacy, 1832-1915. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Bishop, Albert Webb, 1832 -1901,. Civil War papers of the governor of Arkansas, 1860-1865. Buffalo History Museum, Research Library
referencedIn Arkansas History Commission. Harris Flanagin [graphic]. Arkansas History Commission
creatorOf Oldham, Kie, 1869-1912,. Kie Oldham papers, 1860-1875. Arkansas History Commission, Department of Archives and History
creatorOf Flanagin, Harris, 1817-1874. Harris Flanagin family papers, 1837-1987. Arkansas History Commission, Department of Archives and History
referencedIn Deane, Ernie. Markers and monuments, Arkadelphia, June 1964 [Harris Flanagin] [graphic] / Ernie Deane [photographer]. Arkansas History Commission
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associatedWith Arkansas. Constitutional Convention (1874) corporateBody
associatedWith Bishop, Albert Webb, 1832 -1901, person
correspondedWith Confederate States of America. Army corporateBody
associatedWith Confederate States of America. Army. Arkansas Mounted Rifles, 2nd. corporateBody
associatedWith Deane, Ernie. person
associatedWith Dearborn, Frederick M. (Frederick Myers), b. 1876 person
associatedWith Flanagan family. family
associatedWith Flanagin, Duncan. person
associatedWith Flanagin family. family
associatedWith Oldham, Kie, 1869-1912, person
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United States
Constitutional convention
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)
Practice of law


Birth 1817-11-03

Death 1874-10-23


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