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Harlan Erwin Mitchell

Harlan Erwin Mitchell, Sr. (August 17, 1924 – September 13, 2011) was a United States Representative from Georgia.

Harlan Erwin Mitchell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 7th district
In office
January 8, 1958 – January 3, 1961
Preceded byHenderson Lovelace Lanham
Succeeded byJohn W. Davis
Member of the Georgia Senate
In office
Personal details
Born(1924-08-17)August 17, 1924
Dalton, Georgia, United States
DiedSeptember 13, 2011(2011-09-13) (aged 87)
Dalton, Georgia, USA
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materThe Citadel
University of Georgia School of Law
Military service
Branch/service United States Army United States Air Force
Years of service1943-1946, 1951-1952
RankUS-O2 insignia.svg First Lieutenant

Mitchell was born in Dalton, Georgia and attended the Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. From 1943 through 1946, he served as a first lieutenant in the United States Army Air Corps. He also served in the United States Air Force in 1951 and 1952.

Between his years of service in the two military branches, Mitchell attended the University of Georgia School of Law in Athens and earned LL.B. in 1948. He was admitted to the bar on April 17, 1948, and practiced law in Dalton.

Mitchell served as the Cherokee Judicial Circuit solicitor general from January 1, 1953, until December 31, 1956 and as a judge in that circuit's Superior Court from January 1, 1957, until January 8, 1958. Upon the 1957 death of U.S. Representative Henderson Lovelace Lanham from the Georgia's 7th congressional district, Mitchell ran as a Democrat and won the special election to fill Lanham's term in the 85th United States Congress. He won re-election in 1958 and did not seek re-election in 1960. Mitchell was elected to the Georgia State Senate in 1960 and served for one full term. After his political service, Mitchell returned to his law practice in Dalton and resided there until his death on September 13, 2011 at the age of 87.[1]


  • United States Congress. "Harlan Erwin Mitchell (id: M000812)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on 2008-03-19
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Henderson Lovelace Lanham
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 7th congressional district

January 8, 1958 – January 3, 1961
Succeeded by
John W. Davis