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William Preston Harrison (1869-1940)

Chicago, IL; Los Angeles CA

Surnames Mentioned: HARRISON SANBERG

Repository ID #5192 - extensive ancestry available in our online database.

In 1915, he married Ada Maria Sanberg (not Sandberg) (1885-1947), also of Chicago. She came from a poor family and he came from a rich and influential family [son of Carter Henry Harrison III, five time mayor of Chicago, and Sophonisba Grayson "Sophie" PRESTON], which may have had something to do with their eventual move to Los Angeles in the 1920s. The couple had been summering in LA since 1916. They had one son, Carter Preston Harrison [Preston Carter Harrison b. 1921] William Preston Harrison worked in real estate in Chicago. He was also editor and publisher of the Chicago Times from 1891 to 1895. Between 1888 and 1915 he traveled widely as a correspondent for several newpapers. After the couple moved to LA, they began donating paintings (first contemporary American art and later contemporary French art) to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), then called the Los Angeles County Museum of History, Science, and Art. They are noteworthy for being the museum's first and for a long time only major donors; their donations formed the basis for the museum's collection. For a time in the 1920s, Harrison had the title of Honorary Art Curator at the museum.

Sources are listed in the book American Art: A Catalogue of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Collection by Ilene Susan Fort and Michael Quick. 1991.

Other sources: Nancy Dustin Wall Moure. An Art Museum for Los Angeles. Ph.D. Dissertation, UCLA, 1978; and Winifred Haines Higgins. Art Collecting in the Los Angeles Area 1910-1960. Ph.D. Dissertation, UCLA, 1964.

Submitted by Jennifer Boynton.

See also Pocahontas' Descendants with Corrections and Additions by Stuart E. Brown Jr., Loraine F Myers, and Eileen M. Chappel, Pocahontas Foundation, 1994. ISBN# 0-8063-1407-9. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, Baltimore, MD.

Visit Milancie Adams website for additional info on this family. Note - be sure to go to her home page and follow some of the other Harrison links in her family as well.

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