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HARRISON, James Thomas, lawyer, born near Pendleton, South Carolina, 30 November, 1811; died in Columbus, Mississippi, 22 May, 1879. His father, Thomas, a descendant of Benjamin Harrison, served as captain of a battery in the war of 1812, after which he was comptroller-general of the state. the son was graduated at the University of South Carolina in 1829, and studied law under James L. Pettigru. He removed to Macon, Mississippi, in 1834, and in 1816 settled permanently in Columbus. In 1861 he was a delegate to the convention of southern states in Montgomery, and served also in the Confederate congress during the entire period of its existence. On the reconstruction of Mississippi he was elected to congress, but was refused admission, and returned to his practice.
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