Harris B. Gaines

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Henderson, Kentucky
CitizenshipUnited States of America
Alma mater
  • Depauw University
  • John Marshall Law School
  • University of Chicago
  • Lawyer
  • State legislator

Harris B. Gaines Sr. (1888 - 1964) was a lawyer and state legislator in Illinois. He served in the legislature from 1929 to 1935. Irene McCoy Gaines (1896 - 1964) was his wife and they had two sons, Harris Gaines Jr. and Charles Gaines.[1]

Gaines was born in Henderson, Kentucky. He moved with his family to Chicago and studied at Depauw University. John Marshall Law School, and the University of Chicago.[2] His wife worked as a stenographer and then a social worker. She was a leader in various civic groups and for the Idlewild, Michigan. The Chicago History Museum has a collectiom of her papers.[3]


  1. "Obituary for Harris B. Gaines (Aged 73) - Newspapers.com". Chicago Tribune.
  2. Williams, Erma Brooks (March 8, 2008). Political Empowerment of Illinois' African-American State Lawmakers from 1877 to 2005. University Press of America. ISBN 9780761840183 – via Google Books.
  3. https://www.lib.uchicago.edu/bmrc/view.php?eadid=BMRC.CHM.GAINES.SURVEY

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