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Oren Harris papers

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Finding aid for the Oren Harris papers

BC.MSS.13.53

Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
100 Rock Street
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
(501) 320-5700
arkinfo@cals.org

August 28, 2015



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Harris, Oren, 1903-1997
Title: Oren Harris papers
Dates: 1950-1995
Quantity: 18.0 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains correspondence, other paper records, photographs, and film from the life and career of Oren Harris. It includes campaign materials, materials from Harris' time in the United States Congress and as Judge of the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, and family mementos.
Identification: BC.MSS.13.53
Language: English
Permanent URL:http://purl.oclc.org/arstudies/bc-mss-1353

Arrangement

This collection is arranged chronologically.


Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence, other paper records, photographs, and film from the life and career of Oren Harris. It includes campaign materials, materials from Harris' time in the United States Congress and as Judge of the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, and family mementos.


Biographical Information

Oren Harris was born December 20, 1903 at Belton, Hempstead County, Arkansas. He graduated from Prescott High School in 1925, received his B.A. degree from Henderson-Brown College (now Henderson State University) in 1929, and received his LL.B. from Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee, in 1930. He entered private practice of law in El Dorado (Union County) in 1930, served as Deputy Prosecuting Attorney from 1933 through 1936, and was elected Prosecuting Attorney of the 13th Judicial District, serving from 1937 through 1940.

In 1940 Harris was elected to represent the Seventh District of Arkansas in the United States Congress. He was a member of Congress for twenty-five years, winning thirteen elections between 1940 and 1964. After redistricting, Harris represented the 4th Congressional District of Arkansas. For ten years, Harris was chairman of the Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce. In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson appointed Harris a United States District Judge, serving in the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas. Harris assumed his duties as judge on February 3, 1966. He became Chief Judge of the Western District on February 3, 1967. Harris assumed senior status in 1976 but continued to hear a limited number of cases for many more years. Harris died in Little Rock February 5, 1997.

In addition to his work as an attorney, congressman, and judge, Harris was also a member of the American Bar Association, the Arkansas Bar Association, the Lions Club, the Jaycees, and the Knights of Pythias. He was a 33rd Degree Mason and a Shriner, and was a Deacon of First Baptist Church in El Dorado. Harris married Ruth Ross on May 9, 1934. They had one son and one daughter.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Arkansas -- History -- 20th century
Arkansas -- Politics and government
Arkansas -- Race relations -- History -- 20th century
Democratic Party (Arkansas) -- History
Elections -- Arkansas -- History -- 20th century
Harris, Oren, 1903-1997
Judges -- Arkansas
Lawyers -- Arkansas
McLeod, George E.
Political participation -- Arkansas
Race relations -- Southern States
Union County (Ark.)
United States -- Politics and government

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Oren Harris papers, MSS.13.53, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Donated by George E. McLeod, August 12, 2013


Related Material

The bulk of Harris's papers are available at Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville, Arkansas.


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