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Champaign County, Illinois

Biography of Dr. Harvey L. Harris

SOURCE: "History of Champaign County, Illinois with Illustrations," 1878



Dr. Harris, a successful practitioner of medicine at Foosland, was born at Nicholasville, in Jessamine county, Kentucky, August 29th, 1846. His paternal grandfather, Rice HARRIS, was a Virginian and a Presbyterian minister, who emigrated to Kentucky, at a very early date. Milton HARRIS, his father, was born at Nicholasville, and married, Sarah T. PHILLIPS, daughter of Buford PHILLIPS, connected with one of the early families of that part of Kentucky. The only child, by this marriage, was Harvey L. HARRIS.

In 1847, his father moved to Bloomington, Illinois, where Dr. Harris was raised. He first attended the public schools of Bloomington. February, 1864, when a mere boy in age, he enlisted in the 20th Illinois Infantry, and served till the close of the war, being discharged in July, 1865. His regiment was attached to the 17th Army Corps, under Gen. Macpherson, and served in Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi. He took part in various engagements, and was in the series of fights, from Chatanooga to Atlanta. The regiment went into the last fight before Atlanta, numbering 160 men, and came but with only sixteen left; the regiment being almost completely annihilated. After his return from the army, he was a student at Eureka College, in Woodford county, remaining altogether in that institution, three years. He afterward taught school, about five years, principally in McLean county. In the year 1871, he began the study of medicine with Dr. J. W. Waters, an old and prominent physician of Lexington, McLean county. He entered Rush Medical College, at Chicago, in the fall of 1873, and attended two courses of lectures, graduating, February l7th, 1875. Immediately after receiving his diploma, he settled at Foosland, which town was just then beginning its growth. He has built up a large practice, and enjoys the reputation of being a successful and popular physician. He was married, April 2d, 1868, to Lucretia HENLINE, daughter of Martin HENLINE, who came to Illinois from Kentucky, and was one of the first to settle in the vicinity of Lexington, McLean county.

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