Thursday, January 9, 2014

52 Ancestors: #1 Dr. Herman Lee Harris

Below is a circa 1914 yearbook photo of my three times great uncle, Dr. Herman Lee Harris, born 1893 in Wise County, Virginia.

Courtesy of The College of William and Mary Digital Archives

He was the son of John D. Harris, my three times great grandfather, and his third wife, Louisa Greer. While most of John D. Harris' children stayed in Wise and/or Scott Counties, Herman Lee most certainly did not. He was accepted to The College of William and Mary on a Chancellor Scholarship. He graduated in 1915 with a Teacher's Diploma.

Courtesy of The College of William and Mary Digital Archives


After graduation, he served as an Officer in the United States Navy during World War I and from there went on to obtain a Master's degree from Columbia University, graduating in 1919. H. Lee was then the Superintendent of Schools for James City County, New Kent County and Williamsburg City in Virginia. He left Virginia in 1924 for Harvard Medical School, graduating in 1928. He came home to Southwest Virginia after graduating and was a well known ENT with a large family until his death in 1960.

He is one of my most fascinating ancestors and I enjoy learning more and more about him!

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