HARRIS, Ira (1802-1875)
Senate Years of Service: 1861-1867

HARRIS, IRA, (grandfather of Henry Riggs Rathbone), a Senator from New York; born in Charleston, Montgomery County, N.Y., May 31, 1802; attended the district school and Homer (N.Y.) Academy; graduated from Union College, Schenectady, N.Y., in 1824; studied law in Albany; admitted to the bar in 1827 and commenced practice in Albany; member, State assembly 1845-1846; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1846; member, State senate 1847; upon the organization of the Albany Law School in 1850 was engaged as lecturer on equity jurisprudence; justice of the State supreme court 1847-1859; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1861, to March 3, 1867; unsuccessful candidate for reelection; chairman, Committee on Private Land Claims (Thirty-seventh through Thirty-ninth Congresses); delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1867; professor in the Albany Law School from 1867 until his death; died in Albany, N.Y., December 2, 1875; interment in Rural Cemetery, Colonie, near Watervliet, Albany County, N.Y.

Cornell University
Rare Books and Manuscript Collections
Ithaca, NY
Papers: Correspondence (1847-1870) in Garnsey family papers, 1847-1984.

Huguenot Historical Society
New Paltz, NY
Papers: Correspondence in Joseph Osterhoudt Hasbrouck papers, 1806-1939 (bulk 1824-1865).

New York Public Library
New York, NY
Papers: 34 letters (1856-1865) from his son in the William Harris papers.

New York State Library
Manuscripts and Special Collections
Albany, NY
Papers: 1841. 1 letter.

Pierpont Morgan Library
New York, NY
Papers: 1863. 1 item.

State University of New York
Poetry and Rare Books
Plattsburgh, NY
Papers: May 4, 1868. 1 letter. To T.C. Callicot.

Syracuse University
George Arents Research Library
Syracuse, NY
Papers: 2 letters (1863) in the Gerrit Smith papers.

Union College
Schaffer Library
Schenectady, NY
Papers: 24 letters (1853-1872) in Bigelow collection and College letter file.

University of Rochester
Rush Rhees Library
Rochester, NY
Papers: 32 letters by and 8 to Harris (1840-1871) in various collections. Finding aid.

  • Memorial of Ira Harris. Albany: Joel Munsell, 1876.