“HARRISON, EDMUND, planter, was born in Petersburg, Va., and died in Montgomery, in 1883; son of Bishop Edmund Harrison, of Petersburg, Va. Long prior to the War of Secession he removed to Alabama, engaging in thee cotton business in Mobile for several years. Locating in Montgomery he bought a large tract of land in Lowndes County where he planted on a big scale.
His first home in Montgomery, was the ‘First White House of the Confederacy,’ from which he removed his family to surrender it to the use of President Jefferson Davis. Later he occupied the Cowles mansion, recently dismantled by railroad encroachment.
He was a Democrat; a secessionist and gave liberally of his means to that cause; and an Episcopalian.
Married: (1) in Petersburg, Va., to Jane Stark, (2) to Elizabeth Ware, widow of Maj. Thomas Cowles, ans sister of Robert J. and James Anthony Ware…”
Source: History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, Vol. 3, by Thomas McAdory Owen and Marie Bankhead Owen, The S.J. Clark Publishing Co., Chicago, 1921, page 760