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Dr. William A. Harris (1912-16)

The father of Dr. Harris was T. A. Harris of Confederate Army fame. He served in the ninth Virginia cavalry through the war, and at the reorganization of the Confederate Army after the war he was appointed major of the one hundred and eighteenth regiment and second division of the Virginia militia. Major Harris was sheriff of his county, Spottsylvania, for twenty-two years until he was appointed clerk of the Circuit Court in 1903, a position he held until his death on January 25th, 1912.

Dr. William A. Harris was born at Spotsylvania December 28th, 1877. His earlier education was received at the high school at Spotsylvania; from 1892 to 1894 he was a student under Professor George Jackson, of England, and from 1896 to 1898 under Professor George Ragland, Ph. D., of Johns Hopkins University. In the fall of 1898 he entered the Medical College of Virginia, from which institution he was graduated in May, 1901. Since that time he has practiced medicine at Spotsylvania.

Dr. Harris enjoys the distinction of being a member of several important societies and boards. He is a member of the Medical Society of Virginia and of the Rappahannock Valley Medical Society; is a member, also, of the Virginia Automobile Association and Fredericksburg Motor Club. He is chairman of Ways and Means Commission of Spotsylvania for Quebec and Miami Highway; also chairman of Courtland District School Board and secretary of Board of Public Roads, Spotsylvania County.

Dr. Harris has always manifested a particular interest in politics, farming, and good roads. He was appointed by Governor Mann a member of the V. P. I. board of visitors July, 1912.


This sketch was by Professor Richard H. Hudnall, professor of English, and was printed in the Bulletin of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute -- The State Agricultural and Mechanical College, Vol. 5, No. 4, October 1912, pg. 29.