Harrison, Burton Norvell, 1838-1904

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Family members represented include Burton Norvell Harrison, lawyer and private secretary to Jefferson Davis; Samuel Jordan Harrison, merchant; J. B. Harrison, lawyer and newspaper editor; Mrs. Burton Harrison, author; Fairfax Harrison, lawyer and president of the Southern Railway; and Francis B. Harrison, lawyer, U.S. representative from New York, and governor general of the Philippines.

From the description of Burton Norvell Harrison family papers, 1812-1926 (bulk 1913-1921). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70980112

Biographical Notes

Samuel Jordan Harrison

  • 1771, Mar. 26: Born, Queens Creek plantation, Skimino, York County, Va.
  • 1789, Aug. 27: Apprenticed to Joseph Anthony, a merchant in Lynchburg, Va.
  • 1793: Business trip to Philadelphia, Pa.; contracted yellow fewer and was treated by Benjamin Rush
  • 1794: Became a Mason; reprimanded by the Quakers of the South River Meeting
  • 1801, Feb. 8: Married Sarah Hudson Burton
  • 1805, Jan. 10: Charter member, Lynchburg, Va., government as one of the city's four aldermen
  • 1807: Recorder of Lynchburg, Va.
  • 1809: Purchased part of Thomas Jefferson's "Popular Forest" estate, Bedford County, Va.
  • 1819: Financial crisis in Harrison's business
  • 1846, Feb. 8: Died, Lynchburg, Va.

Jesse Burton Harrison

  • 1805, Apr. 7: Born, Lynchburg, Va., the son of Samuel Jordan and Sarah Hudson Burton Harrison
  • 1821: Graduated, Hampden-Sydney College, Hampden-Sydney, Va.
  • 1824: Visited Thomas Jefferson at Monticello and met the Marquis de Lafayette
  • 1825: L.L.B., Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Mass.; admitted to bar in Va.
  • 1825 - 1829 : Practiced law in Lynchburg, Va.
  • 1827, Sept. 22: Delivered address at Hampden-Sydney College, Hampden-Sydney, Va., "A Discourse on the Prospects of Letters and Taste in Virginia"; became a member of the American Colonization Society
  • 1828, Sept. 21: Met Henry Clay whom he supported politically; opposed Andrew Jackson and his financial policies
  • 1829: Grand tour of Europe; studied at the University of Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany, at the suggestion of George Ticknor and Edward Everett
  • 1831: Delivered oration on death of James Monroe at the Presbyterian church in Lynchburg, Va. Delegate to national Republican Party convention, Baltimore, Md. Met Salmon P. Chase in Cincinnati, Ohio, on way down the Ohio River to New Orleans, La.
  • 1832: Moved to New Orleans, La., and admitted to Louisiana bar; met Daniel Webster and Edward Everett during trips to Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and New England for health reasons
  • 1835, July 11: Married Frances Braud
  • 1836: Editor of Louisiana Advertiser, a Whig newspaper in New Orleans, La.
  • 1841: Died, New Orleans, La.

Burton Norvell Harrison

  • 1838, July 14: Born, New Orleans, La., the son of Jesse Burton and Frances Braud Harrison
  • 1854 - 1855 : Attended University of Mississippi, University, Miss.
  • 1859: Graduated, Yale University, New Haven, Conn., where he edited the Yale Literary Magazine Became associate professor of mathematics at the University of Mississippi, University, Miss., and began the study of law
  • 1862, Feb.: Private secretary to Jefferson Davis
  • 1865, May 10: Taken prisoner by Union Army; transferred from Old Capitol Prison in Washington, D.C., to Fort Delaware; continued the study of law in prison aided by Yale University classmates Eugene Schuyler and S. Davis Page
  • 1866: European trip following release from Fort Delaware Moved to New York, N.Y.; admitted to New York Supreme Court bar and joined the law office of Judge Fullerton
  • 1867, Nov. 26: Married Constance Cary
  • 1875: Secretary and counsel, Rapid Transit Commission, New York, N.Y.
  • 1876: Active in Samuel J. Tilden's presidential campaign
  • 1880: Attended Democratic convention in Cincinnati, Ohio; strongly opposed William Jennings Bryan and his programs and gradually lost interest in politics after 1880
  • 1883, Nov.: Published "Capture of Jefferson Davis" in Century Magazine
  • 1893: Declined appointments by Grover Cleveland as assistant secretary of state and ambassador to Italy
  • 1904, Mar. 29: Died, Washington, D.C.

Constance Cary Harrison

  • 1843, Apr. 25: Born, Fairfax County, Va.
  • 1867, Nov. 26: Married Burton Norvell Harrison
  • 1876, July: Published "A Little Centennial Lady" in Scribner's Monthly
  • 1890: Published Flower de Hundred (New York: Cassell. 301 pp.)
  • 1892: Published Belhaven Tales (New York: Century Company. 212 pp.) Published A Daughter of the South, and Shorter Stories (New York: Cassell. 281 pp.)
  • 1893: Published Sweet Bells Out of Tune (New York: Century. 231 pp.)
  • 1894: Published A Bachelor Maid (New York: Century Company. 224 pp.)
  • 1895: Published An Errant Wooing (New York: Century Company. 258 pp.) Published A Virginia Cousin and Bar Harbor Tales (Boston and New York: Lamson Wolffe and Company. 202 pp.)
  • 1899: Published The Anglomaniacs (New York: Century.Company. 216 pp.)
  • 1901: Published A Princess of the Hills: An Italian Romance (Boston: Lothrop Publishing. 306 pp.)
  • 1904: Published Sylvia's Husband (New York: D. Appleton. 221 pp.)
  • 1905: Published The Carlyles: A Study of the Fall of the Confederacy" (New York: D. Appleton. 283 pp.)
  • 1906: Published Latter-Day Sweethearts (New York and London: The Authors and Newspapers Association. 323 pp.)
  • 1911: Published Recollections Grave and Gay (New York: C. Scribners. 386 pp.)
  • 1920, Nov. 21: Died, Washington, D.C.

Fairfax Harrison

  • 1869, Mar. 13: Born, New York, N.Y., the son of Burton Norvell and Constance Cary Harrison
  • 1890: B.A., Yale University, New Haven, Conn.
  • 1891: M.A. and legal studies, Columbia University, New York, N.Y.
  • 1892: Admitted to New York bar; practiced law with firm of Bangs, Stetson, Tracy, and MacVeagh
  • 1894: Married Hetty Cary
  • 1896: Solicitor, Southern Railway Co.; moved to Washington, D.C.
  • 1901: Published A History of the Legal Development of the Railroad System of the Southern Railway Company (Washington, D.C.: 1519 pp.)
  • 1903: Assistant to Samuel Spencer, president of the Southern Railway Co.
  • 1906: Vice president, Southern Railway Co.
  • 1910 - 1913 : President of the Chicago, Indianapolis & Louisville Railway Co.
  • 1913: Elected president of the Southern Railway Co.
  • 1913: Translated and published Roman Farm Management: The Treatises of Cato and Varro (New York: Macmillan. 365 pp.)
  • 1917 - 1920 : Chairman, Railroads War Board
  • 1924: As president of Southern Railway Co., permitted payment of first common stock dividend in company's history
  • 1938, Feb.2: Died, Baltimore, Md.

Francis Burton Harrison

  • 1873, Dec.18: Born, New York, N.Y., the son of Burton Norvell and Constance Cary Harrison
  • 1895: B.A., Yale University, New Haven, Conn.
  • 1897: L.L.B., New York City School of Law, New York, N.Y.
  • 1898: Admitted to bar in New York state
  • 1900, June 7: Married Mary Crocker (died 1905)
  • 1903 - 1905 : Member, Fifty-eighth Congress, 13th District of New York
  • 1904: Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor of New York
  • 1907: Married Mabel Judson Cox (divorced 1919)
  • 1907 - 1913 : Member, Sixty-third Congress, 20th District of New York
  • 1913 - 1921 : Governor-general of the Philippines
  • 1919: Married Elizabeth Wrentmore (divorced 1927)
  • 1927, Apr. 8: Married Margaret Wrentmore (sister of third wife, later divorced)
  • 1933: Retired to estate, Teanich, in Alness, Scotland
  • 1949: Married Maria Teresa
  • 1957, Nov. 22: Died, Flemington, N.J.

From the guide to the Burton Norvell Harrison family papers, 1812-1926, (bulk 1913-1921), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

Relation Name
correspondedWith Adams, Charles Francis, 1835-1915 person
correspondedWith Arnold, Matthew, 1822-1888 person
correspondedWith Beauregard, G. T. (Gustave Toutant), 1818-1893 person
correspondedWith Blaine, James Gillespie, 1830-1893 person
correspondedWith Carnegie, Andrew, 1835-1919 person
correspondedWith Chase, Salmon P. (Salmon Portland), 1808-1873 person
correspondedWith Clay, Henry, 1777-1852 person
correspondedWith Cleveland, Frances Folsom, 1864-1947 person
correspondedWith Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908 person
associatedWith Confederate States of America. corporateBody
associatedWith Confederate States of America. corporateBody
associatedWith Confederate States of America. corporateBody
correspondedWith Craig, Austin, b. 1872 person
correspondedWith Daly, Augustin, 1838-1899 person
correspondedWith Dana, Charles A. (Charles Anderson), 1819-1897 person
associatedWith Davis, Jefferson, 1808-1889. person
correspondedWith Davis, Varina, 1826-1906 person
associatedWith Dearborn, Frederick M. (Frederick Myers), b. 1876 person
correspondedWith Depew, Chauncey M. (Chauncey Mitchell), 1834-1928 person
correspondedWith Falkland, Byron Plantagenet, Viscount, 1845-1922 person
correspondedWith Falkland, Mary Reade, Lady, d. 1920 person
correspondedWith Field, Stephen J. (Stephen Johnson), 1816-1899 person
correspondedWith Garrison, Lindley M. (Lindley Miller), 1864-1932 person
correspondedWith Gurley, Ralph Randolph, 1797-1872 person
correspondedWith Harris, Joel Chandler, 1848-1908 person
correspondedWith Harrison, Benjamin, 1833-1901 person
associatedWith Harrison, Burton, Mrs., 1843-1920. person
associatedWith Harrison, Fairfax, 1869-1938. person
associatedWith Harrison family. family
associatedWith Harrison family. family
associatedWith Harrison family. family
associatedWith Harrison, Francis Burton, 1873-1957. person
associatedWith Harrison, J. B. (Jesse Burton), 1805-1841. person
associatedWith Harrison, Samuel Jordan, 1771-1846. person
correspondedWith Holmes, Oliver Wendell, 1809-1894 person
correspondedWith Howells, William Dean, 1837-1920 person
associatedWith Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845. person
correspondedWith Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826 person
correspondedWith Lee, Robert E. (Robert Edward), 1807-1870 person
associatedWith Library of Congress. Manuscript Division. corporateBody
associatedWith Madison, James, 1751-1836. person
correspondedWith Norvell, William W. person
correspondedWith Osias, Camilo, b. 1889 person
correspondedWith Osmeña, Sergio, 1878-1961 person
correspondedWith Pardo de Tavera, T. H. (Trinidad Hermenegildo), 1857-1925 person
correspondedWith Pinchot, Gifford, 1865-1946 person
associatedWith Poplar Forest (Va.) corporateBody
associatedWith Poplar Forest (Va.) corporateBody
correspondedWith Quezon, Manuel Luis, 1878-1944 person
associatedWith Sellers, John R. person
associatedWith Southern Railway (U.S.) corporateBody
correspondedWith Stephens, Alexander Hamilton, 1812-1883 person
correspondedWith Stuart, Jeb, 1833-1864 person
correspondedWith Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892 person
correspondedWith Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
New York (N.Y.)
United States
Virginia--Bedford County
United States
Fort Delaware (Del.)
New York (N.Y.)
Fort Delaware (Del.)
United States
Confederate States of America
Confederate States of America
Land tenure
Land tenure


Birth 1838-07-14

Death 1904-03-29


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