July 5, 1857 - April 16, 1936
|Rev. H. N. Harrison was born in Pass Christian, Miss.. July 5, 1857, and died in New Orleans, La., on April 16, 1936. His parents were Jilson Payne Harrison and Sidney Ann Norton Harrison, He was the youngest of a family of ten children, nine boys and one girl. He was educated at Randolph-Macon College and the University of Virginia, grad-uating with B. A. and M. A. degrees. His first years after graduation were spent in Tulane University as teacher of Chemistry. He left Tulane to become a sugar chemist for the American Sugar Refinery in New Orleans, and probably would have remained in this important position had he not been gloriously converted.
As a young man, he was a lover of pleasure, and in the strictest sense he was a worldling, caring little for the Church and things of the spiritual life. It was under the ministry of Dr. Beverly Carradine, who was at that time pastor of old Carondelet Street Methodist Church in New Orleans, that Brother Harrison was moved by God’s spirit to turn his worldly- life. He was a deeply conscientious man and felt he could not continue at the sugar refinery because his position there called for Sunday work; so he resigned. He was not long idle, however; in fact he was never unem-ployed in the Master’s service from the day he became a Christian.
Jerry McCuley, the great city mission worker of New York, was his ideal and inspiration. He wished to do just such work in New Orleans as Jerry McCauley was doing in New York. For seventeen years he gave himself entirely to this task. He operated several missions throughout the city, the majority of them intended only as soul-saving stations. One of these missions survives and has grown into the flourishing Epworth Methodist Church. It was during these years that he became interested in the work of the Salvation Army. He went to New York to visit the National Commander and influenced him to send army officers to open up work in New Orleans, and he gave largely from his own purse toward establishing the Army and gave to its support during its first year in the Crescent City.
On July 18, 1905, he was happily married to Miss Mabel Helen Schroeder, the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. R. L. Schroeder. To this union four children were born: Alice Butler, Hatley Norton, Jr., Mynn, and Weeks Torian. Mrs. Harrison and all the children survive him.
He was admitted into the Louisiana Conference on trial on December 12, 1904, and he was superannuated in December 1932, serving twenty-eight years in the Methodist itinerancy. He served the following charges: Kentwood, Second Church, New Orleans; Covington, White Castle, New Iberia, Donaldsonville, Lafayette, Rayville, Franklin, Slidell, Felicity, New Orleans; Patterson and Jeanerette, and Delhi. One year during this time he taught at Mansfield College and at the University in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Brother Harrison was one of God’s noblemen. He was a man of deep piety. He had a heart aflame with the passion of evangelism. It was an unfailing rule of his life for many years to speak to at least five persons daily about the Christian life. He had a missionary zeal that took him by day or night to hospitals and prison cells to speak a word of comfort to a dying man or preach the gospel of a new chance to the man who had lost his liberty and self-respect.
The secret of Brother Harrison’s godly life and untiring ministry was his rich communion with God. He was preeminently a man of prayer.
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, Pages 95-96, 1936, by W. W. Holmes|