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Harry Rutherford Houston

Member From: 1906 - 1924

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  • Birth Date: May 20, 1878 Birth Place:Fincastle, Botetourt County, VA
  • Death Date: November 3, 1960
  • Gender: Male Race: Caucasian
  • Spouse: Elizabeth Egerton Watkins
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  • Education: Hampden-Sydney College (A.B., 1899)
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  • Occupation/Profession: Printer, publisher, contractor, financier
  • Memberships/Affiliations: Presbyterian Church Elks Eagles Odd Fellows Red Men Woodmen of the World Hampton Rotary Hampton Golf and Country Club Pi Kappa Alpha Masons State Democratic Convention (Roanoke 1916, 1920, and Norfolk 1924)
  • Bio: Born in Fincastle, Botetourt County, May 20, 1878. Died in Hampton, Va., November 15, 1960. Buried in St. Johns Cemetery, Hampton, Va. Harry R. Houston of Elizabeth City County was the son of Rutherford Roland and Margaret (Steele) Houston. His father was a Presbyterian minister and part-time professor at Union Theological Seminary in Richmond. He was educated at Hampden-Sydney College, A. B., 1899. He was owner-editor of the Hampton Monitor. He was a member of the House of Delegates, representing Elizabeth City and Accomack Counties (and Hampton), 1906-1910, Elizabeth City County (and Hampton), 1912-20, 1924-25. He was Commissioner of Fisheries, 1926-30. He married, December 20, 1905, Elizabeth Egerton Watkins, daughter of James A. and Mary Bassett (Whiting) Watkins of Old Point Comfort.

    While he was Speaker of the House, the Clerk was JOHN W. WILLIAMS.
  • Other Notable Service and/or Elected Offices: Speaker of the House - 1916
Session District District Number Party Leadership Committees
1906 Elizabeth City, Accomac, and Hampton Democrat Claims
Finance
Militia and Police
Printing
1908 Elizabeth City, Accomac, and Hampton Democrat Chesapeake and Its Tributaries
Currency and Commerce
Finance
Militia and Police
1910 Elizabeth City, Accomac, and Hampton Democrat Chesapeake and Its Tributaries
Currency and Commerce
Finance
Militia and Police
1912 Elizabeth City, Accomac, and Hampton Democrat Chesapeake and Its Tributaries (Chair)
Currency and Commerce
Finance
Rules
1914-1915 Elizabeth City, Accomac, and Hampton Democrat Chesapeake and Its Tributaries (Chair)
Finance
Printing
Rules
1916 Elizabeth City Democrat Speaker of the House Rules (Chair)
1918-1919 County of Elizabeth City; City of Hampton Democrat Speaker of the House Rules
1919 Ex. County of Elizabeth City; City of Hampton Democrat Speaker of the House Rules
1923 Ex. County of Elizabeth City; City of Hampton Democrat Appropriations
Chesapeake and Its Tributaries
Currency and Commerce
Privileges and Elections
1924 County of Elizabeth City; City of Hampton Democrat Appropriations
Chesapeake and Its Tributaries
Currency and Commerce
Privileges and Elections

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