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HARRISON, MARVIN CLINTON - The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History

HARRISON, MARVIN CLINTON (13 July 1890-29 Aug. 1954), labor-management and union attorney, grew up in Scribner, Nebr., son of Bradley and Carolina (Warner) Harrison. He graduated from Harvard Law School (1915) and considered himself a socialist. In 1916, Harrison moved to Cleveland, working briefly for a firm specializing in accident litigation. He went into partnership with Geo. Seith as a corporate attorney for General Insurance Co. During the war, Harrison served in the Naval Reserve, 1917-18.

Harrison was a partner with Homer Marshman (1934-1947), then joined Harrison, Thomas, Spangenberg & Hull, which dealt primarily with accident litigation; however Harrison involved himself in cases involving labor unions and industrial accidents. In the LITTLE STEEL STRIKE OF 1937, Harrison helped win settlements for strike victims harmed by the Republic Steel Corp.'s attacks on strikers. Harrison was also involved in labor-management disputes at Thompson Prods. and Hercules Motors, and in intraunion disputes in the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen and United Furniture Workers Local #450. In 1944 he helped win settlements for victims of the EAST OHIO GAS CO. EXPLOSION AND FIRE. In 1931 Harris drafted an unemployment-compensation bill for the Ohio legislature. He was an Ohio state senator from 1933-34 and worked for the ratification of the Natl. Child Labor Amendment and passage of the Ohio minimum-wage law. During the Depression, Harrison supported the New Deal and participated in a Senate investigation of defaulted banks in Cleveland. Harrison was president of the CONSUMERS LEAGUE OF OHIO between 1934-54. Harrison married Clara Rockow in New York City on 6 June 1922. They one child: Jean Bradley. Harrison died of a heart attack at his summer home in Canada.

Consumers League of Ohio Records, WRHS.

Marvin Clinton Harrison Papers, WRHS.

Last Modified: 17 Jul 1997 01:56:14 PM

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