Convention Member Amos Harris

Convention Member
First attorney permanently located in Appanoose County. He was born in Madison County, Ohio, in 1822. He studied law in Ohio and came to Centerville in 1847. He was elected prosecuting attorney, as the office was then called, in 1849, and reelected in 1851. In 1852, he was elected representative to the legislature from this county. In 1854, he was elected county judge, and in 1855, elected a delegate to the constitutional convention which met in Iowa City, January 19, 1857. Mr. Harris took an active part in the convention, displaying that activity and legal ability that afterward marked his career as an attorney. In 1858, he was elected district attorney for the second judicial district of Iowa. He was a very able lawyer, and filled the office of district attorney with fidelity, and to the satisfaction of his constituents. In 1875, he removed to Wichita, Kansas, where he died some years after, leaving a widow and three sons. Source: Past and present of Appanoose County, Iowa, 1913