James R. Morris

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James Remley Morris
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Member of the U.S.HouseofRepresentatives
from Ohio's 17th district
In office
March 4, 1861 March 3, 1863
Preceded by Thomas Clarke Theaker
Succeeded by Ephraim R. Eckley
Member of the U.S.HouseofRepresentatives
from Ohio's 15th district
In office
March 4, 1863 March 3, 1865
Preceded by Robert H. Nugen
Succeeded by Tobias A. Plants
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives from Monroe County
In office
December 4, 1848 December 2, 1849
Preceded byWilliam Johnson
Succeeded byWilliam Johnson
Personal details
Born(1819-01-10)January 10, 1819
Rogersville, Pennsylvania
DiedDecember 24, 1899(1899-12-24) (aged 80)
Woodsfield, Ohio
Resting placeMorris Cemetery, Woodsfield
Political party Democratic

James Remley Morris (January 10, 1819 – December 24, 1899) was an American lawyer and politician who served as a U.S. Representative from Ohio during the Civil War from 1861 to 1865.

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He was the son of Joseph Morris, who was also a member of Congress.

Early life and career

Born in Rogersville, Pennsylvania, Morris attended the public schools. He moved with his parents to Waynesburg, Ohio, in 1829. He moved to Woodsfield, Ohio the next year. He served two years' apprenticeship at the printing trade in 1833 and 1834. He studied under private tutor until 1839. He studied law.

He was admitted to the bar in 1843 and commenced practice at Woodsfield.

Political career

He was appointed county treasurer to fill the unexpired term of his father, who had been elected to Congress. He was editor and manager of the Spirit of Democracy 1844-1848. He served as member of the State house of representatives in 1848. He served as member of the Ohio State Board of Equalization in 1859.

Congress

Morris was elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-seventh and Thirty-eighth Congresses (March 4, 1861 – March 3, 1865). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1864 to the Thirty-ninth Congress.

Later career and death

He resumed the practice of his profession at Woodsfield. He served as judge of the probate court 1872-1877. Postmaster 1886-1889.

Death

He died in Woodsfield, Ohio, December 24, 1899. He was interred in Morris Cemetery, near Woodsfield.

Sources

PD-icon.svg This article incorporates  public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov .

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