In 1835, Benjamin Franklin Harris moved to Champaign County, Ill., where he managed a cattle business and farmed. He also went into banking, helping to found the First National Bank of Champaign in 1865. A prominent figure in the area, he held several county offices.
Donors to the Harris Family Papers include Newton Megrue Harris, Roger Winsor and Newton Dodds, and Melissa Chambers. See also the Harris Family Papers in the University Archives (26/20/26).