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George Delancey Harris
American businessman

George Delancey Harris

George Delancey Harris
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Intro American businessman
Was Businessperson
From United States of America
Field Business
Gender male
Birth 21 October 1892
Death 1958 (aged 65 years)
Star sign Libra
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Biography

George Delancey Harris (1892-1958) was an American business executive. Harris served as chairman and president of D.P. Harris Hardware and Manufacturing Company, an early bicycling manufacturer. He assumed leadership from his father, Delancey P. Harris, who founded the company in 1895.

Early life and education

Harris was born in Reading, Pennsylvania on October 21, 1892 to DeLancey P. Harris and Mary May Harris. He graduated from the Morristown School (now Morristown-Beard School) in Morristown, NJ in 1914. Harris then completed his bachelor's degree at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

During World War I, Harris drove an ambulance for Section 30 of the American Field Service in France. He assisted the French Army at the second offensive of the Battle of Verdun and the Chemin des Dames front. On October 8, 1917, Harris enlisted as a private with Section 632 of the United States Army Ambulance Service. He assisted Allied Forces at the Somme Defensive, the Alsac-Lorraine front, Chemin des Dames, the Second Battle of the Marne, and the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. In 1918, Harris sent a letter to his father to share news of the turning of the war for the Allied Forces. Recognizing his service efforts, France awarded Harris their Croix de Guerre.

Bicycling manufacture

During the 1940s and 1950s, Harris helped lead D. P. Harris to prominence as one of the largest manufacturers of bicycles and roller skates in the U.S. He brought innovations in the styling for bicycles, including the western styling of the Hopalong Cassidy Rollfast bicycle. Named after the first cowboy show on TV, the bike carried an endorsement from actor William Boyd. Originally sold for $65, private collectors now sell the Hopalong Cassidy bicycle for $6000 to $10,000 (depending on the condition of a specific item).

George D. Harris Foundation

Harris founded the George D. Harris Foundation in 1947. For several decades, the foundation provided financial assistance for educational, medical, and religious initiatives. Harris served on its Board of Trustees from 1946 to 1959.

Board service and educational advocacy

Harris served as a member of the Board of Trustees of New York Life Insurance Company for 30 years. He also served as vice president and a trustee of Education for Freedom, and as a trustee of Salisbury School in Salisbury, Connecticut.

Saint Nicholas Society

Harris descended directly from colonial merchant Stephen Delancey and Lieutenant Governor James De Lancey. Recognizing his heritage, Harris participated in the Saint Nicholas Society in the City of New York for descendants of the state's early inhabitants. He received induction into the society on March 4, 1940.

Family

George married Susan Katherine Lovejoy. They had two sons together: George D. Harris, Jr. and Thomas Lovejoy Harris. George Harris, Jr. and Tom Harris ran D.P. Harris Hardware and Manufacturing after their father.

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