Harrison, Fairfax, 1869-1938

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Fairfax Harrison was born in New York 13 March 1869, the son of Burton and Constance (Cary) Harrison and the brother of Francis Burton Harrison. He graduated from Yale in 1890 and got a M.A. degree from Columbia University. He practiced law in New York and was solicitor for the Southern Railway, president of the Chicago, Indianapolis and Louisville Railway; and president of the Southern Railway from 1913-1937. Harrison was the author of many works including the Devon Carys, Landmarks of Old Prince William, Proprietors of the Northern Neck, the Belair Stud, the Equine FFVs, the Roanoke Stud and the Virginia Carys. He died 2 February 1938.

From the description of Papers, 1736-1945. (College of William & Mary). WorldCat record id: 23030926

Fairfax Harrison was a lawyer and railroad president. His father Burton Norvell Harrison was a member of an old Virginia family, and served the Confederacy as private secretary to Jefferson Davis. His mother was a Fairfax, and a popular writer of fiction during the late 19th century. Along with his railroad career, Harrison was a scholar, genealogist, and historian. He published family genealogies and several volumes on the history of horse breeding. Further information is available in Supp. two, Dictionary of American Biography.

From the description of Collection, 1730-1834. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 86172334

The son of Burton Norvell Harrison (1838-1904) and Constance Cary Harrison (1843-1920), Fairfax Harrison was born 13 March 1869 in New York, New York. He received his A.B. from Yale University in 1891 and his Master's of Arts from Columbia University in 1892. Admitted to the New York bar in 1892, Harrison became a solicitor for the Southern Railway in 1896. In 1906, he became a vice-president, and in 1913, president of the Southern Railway, retiring in 1937. Harrison served as vice-president of the Virginia Historical Society and as chairman of the committee overseeing the compilation of the Index of Virginia by Earl G. Swem (1870-1965). Harrison also wrote several histories on Virginia, including works on the Northern Neck, on horses and horse racing, and the Harrison and Cary families. Harrison married Hetty Cary (1871-1943) 6 June 1894. Harrison died 2 February 1938.

From the guide to the Fairfax Harrison collection, 1730-1931, (The Library of Virginia)

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referencedIn Harrison, Francis Burton, 1873-1957. About it and about [manuscript], 1946. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Harrison family. Harrison family papers, 1744-1930. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Harrison, Burton Norvell, 1838-1904. Burton Norvell Harrison family papers, 1812-1926 (bulk 1913-1921). Library of Congress
creatorOf Stubbs, William Carter, 1846-1924. Letter to Fairfax Harrison [manuscript], 1919 August 30. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Harrison, Fairfax, 1869-1938. Papers, 1736-1945. William & Mary Libraries
creatorOf Harrison, Francis Burton, 1873-1957. Papers of Francis B. Harrison [manuscript], 1735-1938. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn American Railway Association. Special Committee on National Defense. Minutes, 1917 [photoprints]. Hagley Museum & Library
creatorOf Fairfax Harrison collection, 1730-1931 The Library of Virginia
creatorOf McCabe, W. Gordon (William Gordon), 1841-1920. Papers of W. Gordon McCabe [manuscript], 1757-1920. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Warwick, Linwood Hughes, 1887-. Papers regarding the Philadelphia Sesquicentennial [manuscript], 1926. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Burton Norvell Harrison family papers, 1812-1926, (bulk 1913-1921) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Byrd, William A.,. Letters and clippings chiefly relating to members of the Harrison family [manuscript] 1735-1910. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Harrison, Fairfax, 1869-1938. Collection, 1730-1834. Library of Virginia
creatorOf Harrison, Fairfax. Marriage and divorce legislation in the commonwealth of Virginia. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Wendell Holmes Stephenson Papers, 1820-1968 David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
referencedIn Salley, A. S. (Alexander Samuel), 1871-1961. A.S. Salley papers, 1849-1963. University of South Carolina, University Libraries
creatorOf Mayo, William, 1684-1744. A general map of the known and inhabited parts of Virginia / ... copied by order of A.W. McDonald, Esq[ui]re ; [signed] Charles Booth. Library of Virginia
creatorOf Davis, Arthur Kyle, 1897-1972. Letters to Davis regarding Traditional ballads of Virginia [manuscript] 1929-1930. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Harrison, Fairfax, 1869-1938. Portraits of English turf horses before Stubbs [microform] Virginia Historical Society Library
creatorOf Harrison, Fairfax, 1869-1938. Correspondence and papers [manuscript] 1916-1930. University of Virginia. Library
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associatedWith American Railway Association. Special Committee on National Defense. corporateBody
associatedWith Andros, Edmund, Sir, 1637-1714. person
associatedWith Bryan, John Stewart, 1871-1944. person
associatedWith Bushnell, David I. (David Ives), 1875-1941. person
associatedWith Carey family. family
associatedWith Cary family. family
associatedWith Cary, Wilson Miles, 1838-1914. person
associatedWith Culpepper family. family
associatedWith Davis, Arthur Kyle, 1897-1972. person
associatedWith Fauquier, Francis, 1704?-1768. person
associatedWith Ford, Worthington Chauncey, 1858-1941. person
associatedWith Freeman, Douglas Southall, 1886-1953. person
associatedWith Harrison, Burton Norvell, 1838-1904. person
associatedWith Harrison family. family
associatedWith Harrison family. family
associatedWith Harrison, Francis Burton, 1873-1957. person
associatedWith Mayo, William, 1684-1744. person
associatedWith McCabe, W. Gordon (William Gordon), 1841-1920. person
associatedWith Nicholson, Francis, 1655-1728. person
correspondedWith Salley, A. S. (Alexander Samuel), 1871-1961. person
associatedWith Southern Railway (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Stanard, William Glover, 1859-1933. person
correspondedWith Stephenson, Wendell Holmes, 1899-1970 person
associatedWith Stubbs, George, 1724-1806. person
associatedWith Stubbs, William Carter, 1846-1924. person
associatedWith Torrence, Clayton, 1884-1953. person
associatedWith Tyler, Lyon Gardiner, 1853-1935. person
associatedWith Warwick, Linwood Hughes, 1887- person
associatedWith Williams, Langbourne M. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Prince William County (Va.)
United States
Virginia
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Horse racing--Pictorial works
Parishes
Private libraries
Horses
Debt, imprisonment for
Horses--Breeding
Horse racing
Horses--Pictorial works
Artists
Race horses
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Birth 1869-03-13

Death 1938-02-02

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