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James Findley Harrison diaries

Call Number: RH MS A7


Two diaries handwritten by James Findley Harrison in the mid and late 1860s. They give descriptions of his travels and eventual settling in Linn County, Kansas.


  • 1866 - 1870


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Biography of James Findley Harrison

James Findley Harrison (1825-1907), a resident of Cleves, Hamilton County, Ohio, was the grandson of William Henry Harrison, ninth president and cousin to Benjamin Harrison, twenty-third president of the United States. James Findley Harrison graduated from West Point in 1845 and fought in the mid-1840s in the war with Mexico. He then studied the law and practiced in Indiana for a few years. During the Civil War he served in various Ohio infantry and cavalry units. In 1866 James Harrison made a trip West looking for land to buy and eventually settling with his family in Linn County, Kansas, where he was the county surveyor, a member of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) organization and active in the community.


2 Volumes

Scope and Contents

The first diary (RH MS A7), June 1866-August 1867, describes Harrison's travels west from Ohio through parts of Missouri and Kansas. The second diary (RH MS C85), January 1969-May 1870, concentrates on his settlement in Linn County, Kansas.

Physical Location


Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, Alta California Bookstore, 1973.

Purchase, Carmen Valentino, Rare Books and Manuscripts, 2006.

Guide to the James Findley Harrison Collection
James Findley Harrison diaries
Finding aid prepared by lgg, 1973; mab, 2006; revised by, cl 2010; Finding aid encoded by mab, 2006
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Preferred citation
James Findley Harrison Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS A7, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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