Harriott, James

Born: 1809-08-06 New Jersey

Died: 1869-08-02 Pekin, Illinois

James Harriott was a state representative, mayor, and judge. In 1844, voters in Jersey County, Illinois elected him to the Illinois House of Representatives, where he served until March 1845. In August 1845, he married Diadama Jones. He moved to Tazewell County with his family in 1849. Voters elected him mayor of Pekin, Illinois, in 1851. The voters of the Twenty-First Judicial Circuit elected him judge in 1857 and again in 1861. He served as judge for more than ten years. By 1860, he owned $15,000 in real estate and another $700 in personal property. He died at his home in Pekin.

Louis L. Emmerson, ed., Blue Book of the State of Illinois 1919-1920 (Springfield: Illinois State Journal, 1919), 480, 534; Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, Tazewell County, 10 August 1845, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL; Illinois Daily Journal (Springfield), 28 April 1851, 3:1; History of Tazewell County Illinois (Chicago: Chas. C. Chapman, 1879), 386; U.S. Census Office, Eighth Census of the United States (1860), Tazewell County, IL, 137; Gravestone, Diamond Grove Cemetery, Jacksonville, IL.