Winder R. Harris
Winder Russell Harris
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Virginia's 2nd district
April 8, 1941 – September 15, 1944
|Preceded by||Colgate Darden|
|Succeeded by||Ralph Hunter Daughton|
|Member of the Virginia Senate|
|Member of the Virginia House of Delegates|
|Born||December 3, 1888|
Wake County, North Carolina
|Died||February 24, 1973 (aged 84)|
|Resting place||Raleigh, North Carolina|
|Alma mater||St. Mary's College|
|Profession||journalist, civil servant|
Born in Wake County (now a part of Raleigh), North Carolina, Harris attended the public schools and St. Mary's College (now Belmont Abbey College), Belmont, North Carolina. He served in various editorial positions on newspapers in North Carolina and Virginia in 1908–1918. He served as member of the staff of Universal Service in Washington, D.C. from 1918 to 1925. He served as assistant secretary to the American delegation to the International Narcotics Congress in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1924 and 1925, and then as managing editor of the Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Virginia from 1925 to 1941.
Harris was elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-seventh Congress, on April 8, 1941 in a special election to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Colgate W. Darden, Jr.. He was re-elected to the Seventy-eighth Congress and served until his resignation on September 15, 1944. He was the vice president of the Shipbuilders' Council of America, in Washington, D.C., until his retirement on December 31, 1958. He also served as vice chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority from September 1955 until his resignation in November 1961. He was editor of the Alexandria Journal, the Arlington Journal, and the Fairfax County Journal-Standard until his retirement in March 1966. He resided in Alexandria, Virginia, until his death on February 24, 1973. He was interred in Oakwood Cemetery, Raleigh, North Carolina.
- 1941; Harris was elected to Congress defeating Independent Democrat Norman P. Hamilton, Independent Maurice S. McCarty, and Prohibitionist Andrew J. Dunning, Jr., winning 49.17% of the vote.
- 1942; Harris was re-elected unopposed.