RUFUS C. HARRAH,
a well-known citizen of Effingham, has held the position of State's Attorney of Effingham County since 1880, or
for the long period of thirteen consecutive years. His long continuance in this office well indicates the faithful
and efficient manner in which he has discharged his duties. He occupies a high place in the regard and esteem of
those with whom business or social relations have brought him in contact, and as he is a representative citizen
of this place he well deserves representation in the history of his adopted county.
Harrah was born in Putnam County, Ind., October 10, 1846. His father, Daniel F. Harrah, was a native of Kentucky,
and his mother, Permelia (Vermillion) Harrah, was a native of Indiana. In 1858, when our subject was a lad of twelve
years, they came to Illinois, and took up their residence in Jasper County, where they still make their home. They
are now living in Grove Township upon a farm, the father having 1 followed agricultural pursuits as a means of
C. Harrah, whose name heads this sketch, spent the first twelve years of his life in the State of his birth, and
then came to Illinois with his parents, as before stated. In the usual manner of farmer lads he passed the days
of his childhood His early education was acquired in the common schools, after which he became a student in West
field College. He remained in Jasper County until 1872, when, leaving home, he came to Effingham and began preparing
himself for the profession which he now follows. He entered upon the study of law with J. N. Gwin, and after thorough
preparation passed an examination and was admitted to the Bar in 1874. He at once entered upon practice in this
place, and has since been recognized as one of its successful lawyers. In 1873 he was elected Police Magistrate,
and held that office for a period of seven years, when, in 1880, he was elected State's Attorney. So ably did he
discharge the duties of that office that on the expiration of his four-years term he was re-elected, and now for
thirteen years he has filled that position with credit to himself and to the satisfaction of his constituents.
the 26th of May, 1873, Mr. Harrah was united in marriage with Mrs. Ellen Warren, the wedding ceremony being performed
in Jasper County. The lady was born in Page County, Va., and in 1852 came to Illinois with her parents, Mr. and
Mrs. George Kibler. Unto our subject and his wife have been born two children, sons, Robert and William, who are
still under the parental roof.
the line of his profession Mr. Harrah has won a reputation of which he may well be proud. He is an able lawyer,
well versed in his profession, an earnest and indefatigable advocate, and a man of broad resources, and his success
is well merited.
and Biographical Record of Effingham, Jasper and Richland Counties Illinois, Containing Biographical Sketches of
Prominent and Representative Citizens, Governors of the State, and the Presidents of the United States. (Chicago:
Chapman Brothers, 1887), p. 508. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.