Charles Wilson Harris

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Charles Wilson Harris
Charles Harris.jpg
Presiding Professor of the
University of North Carolina
In office
Preceded by David Ker
Succeeded by Joseph Caldwell
Personal details
Born 1771 (1771)
Concord, North Carolina
Died January 15, 1804(1804-01-15) (aged 32–33)
Anson County, North Carolina, United States
Profession Educator

Charles Wilson Harris (1771 – January 15, 1804) was briefly presiding professor (equivalent of a modern-day university president) of the University of North Carolina during 1796.


Early life

Charles Wilson Harris was born in 1771. He was the son of Col. Robert Harris (1737-1803) of Poplar Tent and Mary Wilson. His elementary education was at a classical school conducted in association with the Poplar Tent Presbyterian Church, of which his father was a presiding elder. He then attended the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) and was awarded the Mathematical Oration at his 1792 graduation.


Harris was a close associate of William Richardson Davie. He was Davie's law clerk and assumed Davie's legal caseload during the latter's absences from Halifax, North Carolina when he was governor and ambassador to France.

He served as the second presiding professor (now known as university president) of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in 1796.

Personal life

He was a freemason. He never got married.


He died of consumption on January 15, 1804.


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