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J. Harry Happer
1944 -1956

Harry Happer

 

J. Harry Happer was the 20th circuit clerk of Sangamon County and served the second longest term in our County’s history, a grand total of 12 years spanning from 1944 to 1956.  Happer was born and raised in Sangamon County, graduated from Springfield High School, and then advanced to college at the University of Illinois.

Happer was a lifelong resident of Sangamon County, living in Pleasant Plains, Illinois. He was married and had one daughter. His family attended the Farmingdale Presbyterian Church. In Pleasant Plains and Farmingdale, Happer was an involved citizen, serving as chairman of the Board of County Supervisors and Supervisor from the Gardener Township.

Happer was a devoted Republican and popular among his party. When appointed Chairman of the Board of County Supervisors, he and his Vice Chairman were voted in unanimously.

 

The State Journal Register, April 12, 1940. Sangamon Valley Collection, Lincoln Library. Accessed August 10, 2011.

The State Journal Register, December 28, 1941. Sangamon Valley Collection, Lincoln Library. Accessed August 10, 2011.

The State Journal Register, December 29, 1955. Sangamon Valley Collection, Lincoln Library. Accessed August 10, 2011.

Savannah Little researcher

 
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