Thomas G. Morris

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Thomas G. Morris
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Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from New Mexico's At-large district (Seat A)
In office
January 3, 1959 January 3, 1969
Preceded by John J. Dempsey
Succeeded by District abolished
Member of the
New Mexico House of Representatives
In office
1953–1958
Personal details
BornThomas Gayle Morris
(1919-08-20)August 20, 1919
Carbon, Texas, U.S.
Died March 4, 2016(2016-03-04) (aged 96)
Amarillo, Texas, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Alma mater University of New Mexico

Thomas Gayle Morris (August 20, 1919 March 4, 2016) was an American politician.

He was born in the town of Carbon, Eastland County, Texas. Morris moved to New Mexico and served in the United States Navy from November 12, 1937 to March 22, 1944. He then worked as a farmer in Quay County, and graduated from the University of New Mexico in 1948.

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Morris served in the New Mexico House of Representatives from 1953 to 1958, and was elected as a Democrat to the United States House of Representatives in 1958. Morris began serving on January 3, 1959, and left office January 3, 1969, after being defeated for re-election. [1]

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Following the abolition of multi-seat at-large districts, Morris' home was placed in New Mexico's 1st congressional district, which covered the northeastern portion of the state and about three-fourths of Albuquerque. He was narrowly defeated by Republican businessman Manuel Lujan Jr.

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He ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination for the United States Senate in 1972, and then served as a management consultant and vice president for Bank Securities, Inc. As of 2013 he resided in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Thomas G. Morris donated his Congressional Papers to the New Mexico State University Library in 1973. He died in March 2016 at the age of 96. [2]

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John J. Dempsey
Member of the  U.S. House of Representatives
from New Mexico's 1st congressional district

19591969
Succeeded by
Manuel Lujan, Jr.