J. L. Bryan

HARRISON, JAMES MARSHALL (1818–1899). James Marshall Harrison, legislator and judge, was born in Humphreys County, Tennessee, on February 21, 1818. He was orphaned at an early age and moved to Mississippi around 1832. He married Elizabeth Goodwin on April 14, 1842, and settled in Panola County, Mississippi, where he served as justice of the peace for two years. Harrison moved to Texas in 1846 and settled on Four Mile Prairie in Van Zandt County. In 1848 he was elected Van Zandt county tax assessor and collector, and in 1850 he was elected county judge. He represented Van Zandt County in the House of the Seventh and Eighth legislatures (1857–61) and was a delegate to the Secession Convention. Though he served only in the adjourned session, he signed the Ordinance of Secession. Harrison enlisted in the Confederate Army on February 8, 1862, at Canton, Texas. He was elected captain of Company E, Eleventh Texas Infantry, but was relieved of duty in June 1862. After the war Harrison served three more terms in the House during the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Eighteenth legislatures (1873–75, 1883–84). He died on January 3, 1899, and was buried in the Cana Cemetery east of Canton. He was the father of at least seven children.

William DeRyee and R. E. Moore, The Texas Album of the Eighth Legislature, 1860 (Austin: Miner, Lambert, and Perry, 1860). Margaret Elizabeth Hall, A History of Van Zandt County (Austin: Jenkins, 1976). Wentworth Manning, Some History of Van Zandt County (Des Moines, Iowa: Homestead, 1919; rpt., Winston-Salem, North Carolina: Hunter, 1977).

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