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HARRISON, Carter Henry, politician, born in Fayette county, Kentucky, 15 February, 1825. He was graduated at Yale in 1845, read law, engaged in farming, travelled for two years in foreign countries, and, after receiving his degree from Transylvania law school, Lexington, Kentucky, settled in Chicago, where he engaged in real estate operations. After the great fire of 1871 he served as county commissioner for three years. After returning from a second European journey, in 1874, he was elected to congress, as a Democrat, by so close a vote that his competitor, who had defeated him in the preceding election, gave notice of contest. He was reelected, and when his second term was ended, in 1879, was chosen mayor of Chicago, in which office he was continued for four biennial terms.
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