MORRELL, Edward de Veaux, (1863 - 1917)


Engraving (detail), Thomas Fleming, from “Around the Capital with Uncle Hank”, New York: Nutshell Publishing Company, 1902, Collection of U.S. House of Representatives

MORRELL, Edward de Veaux, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Newport, R.I., August 7, 1863; attended private schools and was graduated from the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia in 1885; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1887 and commenced practice in Philadelphia; member of the select council of Philadelphia 1891-1894; active in the National Guard of Pennsylvania; colonel of the Third Regiment; afterward commissioned brigadier general and commanded the First Brigade; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-sixth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Alfred C. Harmer; reelected to the Fifty-seventh, Fifty-eighth, and Fifty-ninth Congresses and served from November 6, 1900, to March 3, 1907; chairman, Committee on Militia (Fifty-eighth and Fifty-ninth Congresses); was not a candidate for renomination in 1906; established the first telephone line north of Frankford, Pa., and built an electric-light plant in that section; member of the board of education of Philadelphia 1912-1916; a resident of Torresdale, Philadelphia, Pa.; went to Colorado Springs, Colo., for his health, and died there September 1, 1917; interment in the family crypt at Eden Hall, Torresdale, Philadelphia, Pa.