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HARRIS, George Washington, humorist, born in what is now Allegheny City, Pennsylvania, 20 March, 1814; died near Knoxville, Tennessee, 11 December, 1869. He was taken to Knoxville, Tennessee, when four years old, was apprenticed to a jeweller, and afterward commanded a Tennessee river steamboat. He wrote able political articles during the Harrison campaign, and in 1843 began to contribute humorous stories to the New York "Spirit of the Times," under the pen-name of "S--l." In 1858-'61 he wrote for Nashville journals the "Sut Lovengood Papers," some of which afterward appeared in book-form as "Sut Lovengood's Yarns" (New York, 1867). Captain Harris made several inventions, which he described in the "Scientific American." He died suddenly, and it was thought by some that he was poisoned.
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