T G Harrison was an early member of the Oakland City Council. He represented the 4th Ward in 1885 and 1886, and was a Republican.1


One of Harrison's elections was the source of much controversy, as it appears he tried to have it rigged. Men waited in line for up to an hour to vote, and 39 were still waiting when the polls closed.4

It appears he owned, along with S B Boyce, "Harrison and Boyce," a wholesale and retail grocery store on 473 and 475 12th Street.2 He was the Street Superintendent in 18933 and was almost impeached after the Department of Public Works turned in bad work on 8th Street.5 His wife is frequently mentioned in context of Oakland society affairs.



1. "OAKLAND NEWS: Revolt from Machine Politics." San Francisco Chronicle: March 6, 1889. (many SF Chronicle archived articles seem to be listed as 1889, even though they are probably 1884 or 1885. Harrison was in council those two years, not 1889.)

2. Husted, F. M. Husted's Oakland, Alameda and Berkeley directory (Volume 92-93). Husted: San Francisco, 1892.

3. "OVER IN OAKLAND." San Francisco Call: February 15, 1893.

4. "OAKLAND NEWS: Irregular Methods at the Polls." March 3, 1889. (see above)

5. "OAKLAND NEWS: The Pole Ordinance was Passed." San Francisco Chronicle: June 12, 1894.