Typed letter, signed, limited presentation copy from the Congressional Chairman of Printing. Washington DC: Government Printing Office, 1932.
First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo. , 82 pages, . Frontispiece photograph of Harris. Black, full morocco leather binding with gilt lettered title and previous owner's name on the front cover. Floral decorated end papers. All edges gilt. Shelf wear to the leather. Internal contents very clean and in good condition. This copy comes with a typed, signed letter on official Congress of the United States letterhead. The letter is addressed to Mrs. Frank T. Mason 1410 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta and is signed by the Chairman of Joint Committee on Printing in Washington by George H. Moses of New Hampshire. The letter includes a post mark and address to the recipient. The letter reads - "Dear Madam: At the request of Mrs. William J. Harris, I am pleased to send you, under separate cover, a copy of the Memorial Addresses delivered in Congress on the Life and Character of the late Hon. William J. Harris, which has been compiled and printed under the direction of this committee. Congress has provided by law that a limited number of copies of the Memorial Addresses shall be bound in full morocco for personal distribution by the family, and the copy which is sent to you is one of these specially bound volumes. Kindly acknowledge receipt of this publication to Mrs. Harris, 110 Maryland Avenue NE., Washington D.C. Very Truly Yours (signed) G H. Moses." The letter is not dated but the the postmark is dated Feb 13, 1933. Good. Item #19888
Harris was born in Cedartown in Polk County, Georgia, and attended the common schools and graduated from the University of Georgia at Athens in 1890. He married Julia Knox Hull Wheeler (November 27, 1870 - January 6, 1959), daughter of Joseph Wheeler. He engaged in the general insurance business and banking at Cedartown, and served as private secretary to U.S. Senator Alexander S. Clay from 1904 to 1909. He was then a member of the Georgia Senate in 1911 and 1912. From 1913 to 1915 he was Director of the United States Census Bureau; in 1915 he resigned to become a member of the Federal Trade Commission. Harris was Acting Secretary of the Department of Commerce from 1913 to 1915 and a member of the Federal Trade Commission 1915-1918, when he resigned to become a candidate for the U.S. Senate. He was chairman of the commission 1917-1918. In 1918, he was elected as a Democrat to the Senate, and reelected in 1924 and 1930; his service was from March 4, 1919 until his death. While in the Senate, Harris was a member of the National Forest Reservation Commission from 1929 to 1932. He died of a heart attack in Washington, D.C., and funeral services were held in the Chamber of the United States Senate. His interment was in Greenwood Cemetery in Cedartown. After Harris' death in 1932, the governor of Georgia, Richard Russell, Jr., declared a special election for September of that year to fill the vacant seat. Russell also declared himself a candidate and went on to win the election to replace Harris.
Mrs. Frank T. Mason was from the Atlanta Venable family. Emily (Venable) Mason and her brothers later donated Stone Mountain to the State of Georgia for purposes of constructing a Confederate Memorial.