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Biography

WILLIAM JULIUS HARRIS was born in Cedartown, Polk County, Ga., February 3, 1868; attended the common schools and the University of Georgia at Athens; engaged in the general insurance business and banking at Cedartown; served as private secretary to Senator Alexander S. Clay; member of the State senate in 1911 and 1912; chairman of the Democratic State committee in 1912 and 1913; appointed Director of the United States Census Bureau on July 1, 1913, and served until March 15, 1915, when he resigned to become a member of the Federal Trade Commission; Acting Secretary of the Department of Commerce 1913–1915; appointed a member of the Federal Trade Commission on March 16, 1915, and served until May 31, 1918, when he resigned to become a candidate for United States Senator; served as chairman of the commission from February 1, 1917, to May 6, 1918; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1918, reelected in 1924 and 1930, and served from March 4, 1919, until his death in Washington, D. C., April 18, 1932; interment in Greenwood Cemetery, Cedartown, Ga.

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