Burton Norvell Harrison

Burton Norvell Harrison

Male 1838 - 1904  (65 years)

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  • Name Burton Norvell Harrison 
    Born 14 Jul 1838  New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Burial 1904  Ivy Hill Cem, Alexandria, Independent Cities, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried 1904  Alexandria, Independent Cities, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Died 29 Mar 1904  Washington, District of Columbia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I5341  mytree
    Last Modified 19 Aug 2018 

    Father Jesse Burton Harrison,   b. 1805, Lynchburg, Independent Cities, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1841, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 36 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Father Frances Anne Brand,   b. 1819,   d. 1884  (Age 65 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F2239  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Constance Fairfax Cary,   b. 25 Apr 1843, Port Gibson, Claiborne, Mississippi, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Nov 1920, Washington, District of Columbia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Married 26 Nov 1867  [2, 3, 4
    Notes 
    • Burton Harrison was private secretary to President Davis, President of the Confederate States.
    Children 
     1. Fairfax Harrison,   b. 13 Mar 1869  [natural]
     2. Francis Burton Harrison,   b. 18 Dec 1873  [natural]
     3. Archibald Cary Harrison,   b. 21 Oct 1876  [natural]
    Last Modified 19 Aug 2018 
    Family ID F2238  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 14 Jul 1838 - New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBurial - 1904 - Ivy Hill Cem, Alexandria, Independent Cities, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 1904 - Alexandria, Independent Cities, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 29 Mar 1904 - Washington, District of Columbia, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Burton Harrison was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, to Jesse Burton Harrison (who died three years later) and Frances Anne Brand Harrison. He attended the University of Mississippi from 1854 to 1855. In 1859 he graduated from Yale University, where he was a member of Skull and Bones. Later that year he took a job at the University of Mississippi as an associate professor of mathematics and began to study law.

      In February 1862 Harrison became the private secretary to Confederate President Jefferson Davis. At the end of the American Civil War he was captured by the Union Army with Jefferson Davis and Varina Davis, and imprisoned at Fort Delaware, where he resumed his law studies. In 1866 Harrison was released, settled in New York City, and was admitted to the bar. Feeling himself established, in November 1867 he married his sweetheart from his Richmond, Virginia, days, Constance Cary Harrison.

      In 1872 he was an envoy to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, with Samuel P. Samuels and T. Scott Stewart, to negotiate annexation with Buenaventura Báez. In 1875, Harrison became the secretary and counsel of New York City's Rapid Transit Commission. The following year he actively campaigned for presidential candidate Samuel J. Tilden. In 1880, Harrison attended the Democratic convention in Cincinnati where he opposed William Jennings Bryan. After 1880 Harrison began to lose interest in politics. In 1893 he declined President Grover Cleveland's offers of appointments as Assistant Secretary of State and ambassador to Italy.

      Burton and Constance Harrison were the parents of Fairfax Harrison (1869-1938) and Francis Burton Harrison (1873-1957). Burton Harrison died in 1904 while visiting Washington, D.C. [Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burton_Harrison]

  • Sources 
    1. [S350] Wikipedia, Burton Harrison.

    2. [S57] Find A Grave.

    3. [S50] Dinwiddie Papers.

    4. [S109] Recollections of a Confederate Staff Officer, General G. Moxley Sorrel, (Name: Morningside Bookshop;), Page 52.


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