Levi J. HARRIS, a School teacher of recognized talent and ability and a gentleman of true worth and sterling integrity, was born October 22, 1870, one half mile south of Salisbury, Mo., His father, Oscar D. HARRIS, was born in Howard County, but moved to Chariton County when quite young. His death occurred January 28, 1895. His mother, whose maiden name was Phoebe C. WARHURST, still resides upon the family homestead, 4 miles southeast of the city of Salisbury, Mo. To the subject of this sketch belongs the credit for the position he now enjoys in business and social relations, for it was through his own industry and perseverance that he has been able to gain whatever knowledge and influence he may possess. Mr. HARRIS finished his education at the Salisbury Academy under the tutorship of Prof. G. C. BRIGGS. Since then he spent his time in that noblest of professions, school teaching in which he has been eminently successful, having taught a number of schools in the county in which he gave perfect satisfaction.
On May 4, 1893, it was the happy fortune of our subject to be united in Marriage to Miss Arah LEE, a most worthy and industrious young lady and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Og LEE, prominent citizens of Chariton County. This union has proven a happy one and has been blessed by the birth of a bright little daughter, Mayne Edith, whose birth occurred November 28, 1894.
Five miles southeast of Salisbury our subject owns a nice little farm of 40 acres, upon which he resides and the revenue from which materially assists in providing the necessaries and some luxuries of life. Mr. HARRIS is a young man of noble purposes and a high aim in life, enterprising and progressive and certainly has a bright future awaiting him. Politically he affiliates with the democratic party.