Burr P. Harrison Papers
Burr P. Harrison Papers, 167 WFCHS

Scope and Content: This collection is comprised of historical and genealogical information on the Harrison family including correspondence, political papers and speeches, and other miscellaneous material. Also included are nine scrapbooks (1916-1963) concerning the political careers of Burr P. Harrison and his father, Thomas W. Harrison.
(1 box) Last updated 10/14

Cite As: Burr P. Harrison Papers, 167 WFCHS, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA, USA.

Bibliography: Burr Powell Harrison was born in Winchester, VA, on July 2, 1904. He attended public schools—Woodberry Forest, Virginia Military Institute, Hampton-Sydney College, and the University of Virginia. He graduated from Georgetown Law School in 1926 and commenced his law practice in Winchester the same year.

He was elected as Frederick County Commonwealth Attorney in 1932 and served in that office through 1939. He was elected to the Virginia State Senate in 1940 and served through 1942. He was appointed Circuit Judge in 1942 for Frederick, Clarke, Warren, and Shenandoah counties and served through 1946. On November 5, 1946, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of A. Willis Robertson and served in that post through successive sessions of Congress through 1962. He was a conservative in Congress, always fighting for a thrifty government. When he left Congress, he resumed his law practice in the firm of Harrison and Johnston where he served until his death on December 20, 1973.

He was married to the former Dorothy W. Green with whom he had two children, Thomas B. and Alice B. He was buried in the Mount Hebron Cemetery in Winchester on December 31, 1973.


Box 1

Account of visit to Europe by Congressman Thomas Harrison, April 27-30, 1919, 1 item, 4 leaves, typescript

Correspondence – Burr W. Harrison and W(?). Harrison to unknown person, April 21, 1855, 1 leaf, manuscript

Correspondence - 1813-1915, 36 items, manuscript

Correspondence - 1840-1863, 20 items, (photocopy)

Correspondence - undated, 20 items, manuscript

Political papers of local elections - Harrison family, 3 items, printed

Speech - Thomas Harrison, 1924, "Army Appropriation Bill," 2 items, printed

Strother trial, 1907 - Judge Harrison presiding, news clippings of trial events, 3 items, printed

Wedding invitation - Thomas W. Harrison to Nellie Cover, 1903, 1 item, printed


The following boxes comprise Scrapbooks containing news articles reflecting on the political careers of Burr P. Harrison and his father, Thomas W. Harrison (1916-1963):


Harrison, Thomas W. - 1916-1922

Harrison, Thomas W. - 1920-1923

Harrison, Thomas W. - 1924-1926

Box 3

Harrison, Burr P. - 1946-1947

Harrison, Burr P. - 1948

Box 4

Harrison, Burr P. – 1949 (see below for 1950-1957)

Harrison, Burr P. - 1961-1963

Oversize, on shelves

Harrison, Burr P. - 1950-1951

Harrison, Burr P. - 1954-1957