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William Alexander Harris | Inducted by 1915

Kansas statesman who served in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate and established a reputation as a renowned breeder of Shorthorns.

1841-1909 | Artist: Robert Wadsworth Grafton (1876-1936)



Impact & Accomplishments


William Harris was born in Virginia and educated at Virginia Military Institute, graduating just as the Civil War was beginning. After service to the Confederacy, Harris moved to Kansas as a civil engineer and land negotiator for railroad companies.


In 1884, he established a Shorthorn operation at Linwood, began importing stock from Cruikshank’s herd, and became a renowned breeder. He was a popular auctioneer and judge, and served as managing director of the International Live Stock Exposition.


Harris also served in the U. S. House of Representatives, the Kansas Senate, and the U. S. Senate.



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