Biography of Harry Horovitz

A native of Russia, but a resident of the United States since his early childhood, Mr. Horovitz received his education in the public schools of Providence and, after having been connected with several business houses for a few years, was active in the jewelry trade. Since 1908, with the exception of two years, he has been with the Rhode Island State Department of Agriculture, in which he has risen to the important position of chief inspector and superintendent of field work. His work naturally has brought him in contact with a very large number of fellow-citizens in all parts of the State and he is everywhere known for his efficiency, courtesy, and pleasing personality. He has been very active in politics, taking a leading part in the affairs of several important Republican committees and having served for a number of years in the House of Representatives.

Harry Horovitz was born in Russia, December 1, 1886, a son of Abraham and Rebecca (Sheffres) Horovitz. Both his parents were natives of Russia, from which country they came with their son many years ago. Mr. Horovitz’s father was successfully engaged in the painting and paper-hanging business. After coming to the United States, the Horovitz family settled in Providence and it was in the public schools of this city that Mr. Horovitz received his education. After leaving school he went to New York City and worked as an errand boy for a railroad ticket broker for one year. The next two years he spent with a millinery ornament concern and then returned to Providence, where he was in the jewelry trade until 1908. In that year he became associated with the Rhode Island State Department of Agriculture, starting as a field worker. Two years later, in 1910, he left the department and for the next two years was associated with the United States Department of Agriculture. At the end of that period, in 1912, he returned to the Rhode Island State Department of Agriculture and in the following year, 1913. he was made foreman of the field crew. In 1914 h e assumed full charge of the field work of the department, serving in that capacity until 1927* when he became chief inspector and superintendent of all field work carried on by the department. His office is located in room No. 310, State House. For many years Mr. Horovitz has been active and prominent in the ranks of the Republican party. During 1922-28 he served as chairman of the Third Ward Republican Committee and he was chairman of the Seventh Assembly District Republican Committee. Elected to the Rhode Island State Legislature from the Seventh Assembly District of Providence to finish the unexpired term of Jacob A. Eaton, he served in the House of Representatives during 1922-28, inclusive. He was a member of the House Militia Committee and later of the Judiciary Committee. In his last term he was a member of the House Finance Committee. Active in Masonic affairs, he is a member of Roosevelt Lodge, No. 42, Free and Accepted Masons; Providence Chapter, Royal Arch Masons; Providence Council, Royal and Select Masters; and the Providence Masonic Club. He also belongs to the Tall Cedars of Lebanon and to Garfield Lodge, No. 7, Knights of Pythias, and he is secretary of the Touro Fraternal Association. He is very fond of outdoor life and finds his recreation chiefly in hiking and camping.

Mr. Horovitz married, in 1927, Rose Bock, of New York City, a daughter of Sol and Flora (Bock) Bock.

Source: Carroll, Charles. Rhode Island: Three Centuries of Democracy, vol 3 of 4. New York: Lewis historical Pub. Co., 1932.

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