- Marion Lee Harrison of Wytheville, is a banker and lumber man with business connections that permanently identify him with many localities in Southwest Virginia and adjacent states. Mr. Harrison is a member of the Harrison family of Virginia and his ancestry includes a number of names in the Colonial history.
He was born in Cabell Co. West Virginia, September 6, 1873, a son of John Henry and Eliza (Chapman) Harrison. His mother died September 16, 1912, being a daughter of Henry M. and Polly Ann (Wooton) Chapman, the latter a daughter of Simon Wooton. Henry M. Chapman was a son of Jack Chapman, who married a Miss Menefee, of Buckingham County, Virginia. Jack Chapman was a son of John Chapman and grandson of John Chapman, I who was a soldier during the border Indian warfare of the Revolutionary period. John Chapman was a son of Isaac Chapman, of Culpepper County, Virginia. The Chapman family moved from Culpepper County to the Shenandoah Valley in 1768 and in 1771 to the New River Valley, where they were for years exposed to the dangers of Indian raids.
Marion Lee Harrison was educated in schools at Hurricane, West Virginia, until 1891 and during the following ten years was a telegraph operator and agent for the Chesapeake and Ohio on the Huntington Division. His railroad training was no doubt a valuable factor in his subsequent business career. He left the railroad service to take up the lumber business at Hurricane, West Virginia, where he remained until 1904 since which year his home and business headquarters have been at Wytheville, Virginia.
The business organization with which he is identified and which represent a large aggregate of financial power are the M.L. Harrison Tile and Lumber Company of which he is president, the First National Bank of Pearlsburg, Virginia of which he is president and a director, the Farmers Bank of Southwest Virginia at Wytheville, of which he is vice president and a director, the First National Bank of Bluefield, West Virginia of which he is a director, the Harrison Hancock Wholesale Hardware Co. of which he is president, the T. & S.E. Railroad of North Carolina of which is vice president and a director, the Blackwood lumber Company of north Carolina, in which he is a director, the Taylor Colquitt Creosoting Company of Spartanburg, South Carolina, of which he is vice president and a director, the Southwest Lumber Company of Alamogordo, New Mexico of which he is a director, the Laval Sand Company of Hinton, West Virginia of which he is president, the Kentucky Cardinal Coal Company of Cardinal, Kentucky of which he is vice president and director and the Wytheville Mink and Fur Farm of which he is president.
Mr. Harrison married May 5, 1898 at Huntington, West Virginia, Miss Laura A. Swindler, who was reared and educated at Huntington, graduating from Marshall College in 1896, following which for two years she taught public schools in Putnam Co. West Virginia. She is a member of the Baptist Church, the Eastern Star and White Shrine of Jerusalem.