Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
HARRISON, Carter Henry (1825-1893)

HARRISON, CARTER HENRY, a Representative from Illinois; born near Lexington, Fayette County, Ky., February 15, 1825; educated by private tutors; was graduated from Yale College in 1845; traveled and studied in Europe 1851-1853; was graduated from the law department of Transylvania College, Lexington, Ky., in 1855; was admitted to the bar in 1855 and commenced practice in Chicago, Ill.; also engaged in the real estate business; unsuccessful candidate in 1872 for election to the Forty-third Congress; member of the board of commissioners of Cook County 1874-1876; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fourth and Forty-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1875-March 3, 1879); was not a candidate for renomination in 1878; mayor of Chicago 1879-1887 and declined a renomination; unsuccessful candidate for Governor of Illinois in 1884; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1880 and 1884; owner and editor of the Chicago Times 1891-1893; again elected mayor of Chicago in 1893 and served until his death in Chicago by assassination October 28, 1893; interment in Graceland Cemetery, Chicago, Ill.

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Springfield, IL
Papers: 1861, 1 item.
A letter from Harrison to an unidentified recipient written on June 24, 1861. In the letter, Harrison makes arrangements for repaying a financial obligation.

University of Chicago Library
Chicago, IL
Papers: Butler-Gunsaulus collection, 1527-1915, 3.25 linear feet..
An April 18, 1893 letter from Harrison to Edward B. Butler thanking him for a complimentary ticket to attend the World's Columbian Exposition.

University of Kentucky
Special Collections and Digital Programs
Lexington, KY
Papers: In the Jeffrey family papers, 1818-1903, 1.35 cubic feet.
Subjects covered include Harrison.

Wisconsin Historical Society
Archives Division
Madison, WI
Papers: In the Harrison and Russell family genealogical notes, 1884, 0.1 cubic foot.
Includes typewritten notes by Harrison relating to the history and genealogy of the Harrison and Russell families of Virginia. The notes also include genealogical charts, brief biographies of certain family members, and excerpts from printed works on members of the families.

  • Harrison, Carter Henry. Counting the Electoral Votes. Washington: [Government Printing Office], 1877.
  • ------. A Race with the Sun; or, A Sixteen Months' Tour from Chicago Around the World. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons; Chicago: W. E. Dibble & Co., 1889.
  • ------. Speeches of Hon. Carter H. Harrison, of Illinois, in the House of Representatives, on Democratic Music, May 23, 1876. Washington: N.p., 1876.
  • ------. Speeches of Hon. Carter H. Harrison, of Illinois, on the treatment of savages, delivered July 8, 1876, and on Texas border question, delivered July 12, 1876. Washington: N.p., 1876.
  • ------. Stormy Years: The Autobiography of Carter H. Harrison, Five Times Mayor of Chicago. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill Co., 1935.
  • ------. A Summer's Outing and The Old Man's Story. Chicago: Dibble Publishing Co., 1891.
  • Johnson, Claudius Osborne. Carter Henry Harrison I, Political Leader. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1928.
  • McKenna, James T. The Four Assassins of Ellsworth, Lincoln, Garfield, Harrison. Creston, Iowa: Gazette print, 1894.