Albert P. Morehouse

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Official portrait in Missouri State Capitol
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Maryville Governor Mansion where both Albert Morehouse and Forrest C. Donnell lived on North Vine in Maryville

Albert Pickett Morehouse (July 11, 1835– September 23, 1891) was the 26th Governor of Missouri from 1887 to 1889.

Morehouse was born in Delaware County, Ohio and moved to Maryville, Missouri in 1856. He was admitted to the bar and began practice in Montgomery County, Iowa.

At the beginning of the American Civil War, he moved back to Graham, Missouri where he taught school. He joined with the Missouri State Militia in November 1861 consisting of residents of Nodaway County, Missouri. While camped in Lafayette County, Missouri he met his future wife Mattie McFadden.

After the war he formed a law practice with Amos Graham. In 1872 he founded the Nodaway Democrat which would become the Maryville Daily Forum.

He was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in 1876 defeating H.M. Jackson by 197 votes. He was to actively pursue legislation to establish a Normal school in Maryville that eventually would result in Northwest Missouri State University locating in the town.

He was elected to the state house again in 1872 and was elected Missouri Lieutenant Governor in 1884.

As Lieutenant Governor, Morehouse assumed office on December 28, 1887 upon the death of John S. Marmaduke. He was in office for slightly more than a year when David R. Francis was elected to become governor.

Morehouse returned to Maryville where he had a real estate business with Nat Sission.

Morehouse died on September 23, 1891. After rupturing a blood vessel in his brain from an accident while herding cattle, Morehouse became delirious and didn't know what he was doing. He committed suicide by cutting his own throat with a pocket knife two days after the accident.

He is interred in Oak Hill Cemetery in Maryville.

The City of Morehouse, Missouri is named for him. David R. Francis defeated him for the Democratic nomination in governor in 1888.

References[edit]

Dictionary of Missouri Biography Edited by Lawrence O. Christensen, William E. Foley, Gary R. Kremer, and Kenneth H. Winn - 1999 - University of Missouri Press - 1999 - Pages 557-558 ISBN 0-8262-1222-0 (available on print.google.com)

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Political offices
Preceded by
Robert Alexander Campbell
Lieutenant Governor of Missouri
1885–1887
Succeeded by
Stephen Hugh Claycomb
Preceded by
John S. Marmaduke
Governor of Missouri
1887-1889
Succeeded by
David R. Francis