Portrait of Dr. William White Harriss.
William White Harriss (1824-1901) was born in Wilmington, NC. He attended the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and is a graduate of Jefferson Medical College and the medical department of the University of New York. Harriss returned to Wilmington to practice medicine with his brother-in-law, John D. Bellamy, until the latter's retirement. He was also involved with the firm of Harriss & Howell, Ship Brokers and Commission Merchants. During the Civil War, Harriss served as Assistant Surgeon for the 61st Regiment of the North Carolina Volunteers. In 1863, he was appointed by General W.H.C. Whiting as Surgeon of the City Garrison in Wilmington. After the war, Harriss remained with Harriss & Howell and also served as a City Alderman. He was instrumental in founding the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce and served as its president in 1874. He was a life-long member of St. James Episcopal Church. Harriss is buried in Oakdale Cemetery.
Physicians; Soldiers--Confederate States of America; Ship brokers
Fisher, R.H. Biographical Sketches of Wilmington Citizens. Wilmington: Wilmington Stamp and Printing Company, 1929.
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