Stephen Ross Harris

Stephen Ross Harris (May 22, 1824 – January 15, 1905) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio, uncle of Ebenezer Byron Finley.

Stephen Ross Harris
Stephen Ross Harris 1896.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 13th district
In office
March 4, 1895 – March 3, 1897
Preceded byDarius D. Hare
Succeeded byJames A. Norton
Personal details
Born(1824-05-22)May 22, 1824
Wayne County, Ohio
DiedJanuary 15, 1905(1905-01-15) (aged 80)
Bucyrus, Ohio
Resting placeOakwood Cemetery, Bucyrus
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Mary Jane Monnett
Alma materWashington College
Western Reserve College

Born seven miles west of Massillon, Ohio,[1][2] Harris attended the common and select schools, Washington College (Pennsylvania), Norwalk (Ohio) Seminary, and Western Reserve College, then at Hudson, Ohio. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1849 and commenced practice in Columbus, Ohio. He moved to Bucyrus, Ohio, the same year and continued the practice of law. He became law partner of Josiah Scott from 1850 to Scott's death in 1879, except that time Scott was on the Ohio Supreme Court.[1] He served as mayor of Bucyrus 1852, 1853, 1861, and 1862. Deputy United States marshal in 1861. He served as president of the Ohio State Bar Association in 1893 and 1894.

Harris was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1895 - March 4, 1897). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1896 to the Fifty-fifth Congress. He engaged in the practice of law in Bucyrus, Ohio, until his death there January 15, 1905. He was interred in Oakwood Cemetery. Harris was married September 15, 1853 to Mary Jane Monnett, who died in 1888, with two sons and two daughters surviving her.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Reed, George Irving; Randall, Emilius Oviatt; Greve, Charles Theodore, eds. (1897). Bench and Bar of Ohio: a Compendium of History and Biography. 1. Chicago: Century Publishing and Engraving Company. pp. 381–386.
  2. ^ Herringshaw, Thomas William, ed. (1901). Herringshaw's encyclopedia of American biography of the nineteenth century. Chicago: American Publisher's Association. p. 453.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Darius D. Hare
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 13th congressional district

Succeeded by
James A. Norton