MORRIS, Thomas, (1776 - 1844)

Senate Years of Service: 1833-1837; 1837-1839
Party: Jacksonian; Democrat

Courtesy U.S. Senate Historical Office

MORRIS, Thomas, (father of Isaac Newton Morris and Jonathan David Morris), a Senator from Ohio; born in Berks County, Pa., January 3, 1776; settled with his parents near Clarksburg, now West Virginia; briefly attended the common schools; enlisted as a ranger and fought against the Indians in 1793; moved to Columbia, Ohio (now a part of Cincinnati) in 1795 and clerked in a store; moved to Bethel, Ohio, in 1800; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1804 and commenced practice in Bethel, Ohio; member, State house of representatives 1806-1808, 1810, 1820-1821; member, State senate 1813-1815, 1821-1823, 1825-1829, and 1831-1833; elected as a Jacksonian to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1833, to March 3, 1839; was not a candidate for renomination; chairman, Committee on Engrossed Bills (Twenty-fourth Congress), Committee on Pensions (Twenty-fifth Congress); engaged in agricultural pursuits; unsuccessful candidate for Vice President of the United States on the Liberty ticket in 1844; died at his home near Bethel, Clermont County, Ohio, December 7, 1844; interment in First Bethel Cemetery.


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