HARNEY, GEORGE HIRAM, who is successfully engaged in the harness business in Jacksonville, Morgan County, Ill., was born in that county, February 6, 1871. He is a son of Milton Miller and Margaret Ann (Wyatt) Harney, natives of Alabama. Milton Harney's parents migrated from Kentucky to Ohio in 1830, and settled in Morgan County in 1832. His wife's parents came from Morgan County. In boyhood Mr. Harney received his mental training in the district schools. He subsequently learned the trade of a harness maker, and in 1894 engaged in that business at Woodson, Ill., where he was located for four and a half years. He then passed three years in Waverly, Ill., and thence moved to Jacksonville, where he has since been engaged in the harness business, with profitable results.
On February 17, 1892, Mr. Harney was united in marriage with Mary E. McCurley, a daughter of James and Sarah Jane (Edwards) McCurley, by whom he has had one child - Paul Denham, who was born August 23, 1899.
Politically, Mr. Harney takes an independent stand, and casts his vote irrespective of partisan considerations. His religious faith is that of the Christian Church, in which he holds the office of Deacon; he served in 1901-'04 as Assistant Superintendent of the South Side Mission Sunday school. He is a man of high character, diligent in business, and enjoys the confidence of all who have made his acquaintance.