MORRIS, Toby, (1899 - 1973)


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MORRIS, Toby, a Representative from Oklahoma; born in Granbury, Hood County, Tex., February 28, 1899; moved to what was then Comanche County, Okla., in 1906 and to Walters, Cotton County, Okla., in 1913; attended the public schools, leaving high school in his senior year, during the First World War, to enlist in the United States Army; served successively as private, corporal, and sergeant with the One Hundred and Tenth Combat Engineers, attached to the Thirty-fifth Division, from October 1917 to May 1919; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1920; court clerk of Cotton County, Okla., 1921-1925 and prosecuting attorney 1925-1929; began the private practice of law in Walters, Okla., in 1929; district judge of the twenty-first judicial district of Oklahoma from 1937 to 1946; elected as a Democrat to the Eightieth and to the two succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1947-January 3, 1953); was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1952 to the Eighty-third Congress; district judge of the fifth judicial district of Oklahoma from January 1955 to December 1956; elected to the Eighty-fifth and to the Eighty-sixth Congresses (January 3, 1957-January 3, 1961); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1960 to the Eighty-seventh Congress; judge, Oklahoma State Industrial Court, July 1, 1961, to July 17, 1963; district judge for the State of Oklahoma, retiring in January 1971; resided in Lawton, Okla., where he died September 1, 1973; interment in Sunset Memorial Gardens.