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HARALSON, Jeremiah (1846-1916)

HARALSON, JEREMIAH, a Representative from Alabama; born on a plantation near Columbus, Muscogee County, Ga., April 1, 1846; raised as a slave; self-educated; moved to Alabama and engaged in agricultural pursuits; became a minister; member of the State house of representatives in 1870; served in the State senate in 1872; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1868 to the Forty-first Congress; elected as a Republican to the Forty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1875-March 3, 1877); appointed to a Federal position in the United States customhouse in Baltimore, Md.; later employed as a clerk in the Interior Department; appointed August 12, 1882, to the Pension Bureau in Washington, D.C., and resigned August 21, 1884; moved to Louisiana, where he engaged in agricultural pursuits, and thence to Arkansas in 1904; served as pension agent for a short time; returned to Alabama and settled in Selma in 1912; moved to Texas and later to Oklahoma and Colorado and engaged in coal mining in the latter State; killed by wild beasts near Denver, Colo., about 1916.

Alabama Department of Archives and History
Montgomery, AL
Papers: In the Reconstruction Era Political Materials, 1868-1878, 0.33 cubic foot.
Other authors include Jere Haralson.

University of Alabama Libraries
W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library
Tuscaloosa, AL
Papers: 1876, 1 item.
A letter from Jere Haralson to the United States Centennial Commission in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania written on April 27, 1876. In the letter, Haralson requests an additional invitation for his wife to attend the opening of the Centennial International Exhibition of Industry.

  • "Jeremiah Haralson" in Black Americans in Congress, 1870-2007. Prepared under the direction of the Committee on House Administration by the Office of History & Preservation, U.S. House of Representatives. Washington: Government Printing Office, 2008.