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The Harris mss., 1848-1851, are letters to Jonathan Newton Harris, 1815-1896, merchant and banker.

Career: born November 18, 1815, Salem, Connecticut. Entered upon a mercantile career at the age of twenty-three. In 1848 established the mercantile firm of J.N. Harris & Co., in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was president of the New London City National Bank for many years and was also interested in railroad and navigation enterprises. He was elected to a number of public offices and served six consecutive years as mayor of New London. He also served as a legislator in 1855 and as a state senator in 1864. He founded the Harris School of Science at Doshisha University, Kioto, Japan, in 1899, and established a permanent foundation for a hospital in New London in 1892.

The letters are from Thomas H.C. Allen, manager of the J.N. Harris & Company in Cincinnati; John D. Park, who represented Harris in Cincinnati in 1848; and from two traveling agents for the firm, Frederick Merryweather for Ohio and D.A. Redfield for Indiana. They relate to the advertising and sale of a painkiller.

Collection size: 13 items

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