Dorilus Morrison

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Dorilus Morrison
Dorilus Morrison-Atwater.jpg
Minnesota State Senator
In office
Constituency Minnesota's 5th State Senate District
1st Mayor of Minneapolis
In office
February 26, 1867 – April 14, 1868
Succeeded by Hugh G. Harrison
3rd Mayor of Minneapolis
In office
April 13, 1869 – April 12, 1870
Preceded by Hugh G. Harrison
Succeeded by Eli B. Ames
Personal details
Born December 27, 1814
Livermore, Maine, US
Died June 26, 1897

Dorilus Morrison (December 27, 1814 – June 26, 1897) was a banker, businessman, and politician who lived in the US state of Minnesota. He was the first and third mayor of Minneapolis. Morrison was born in Livermore, Maine, and was a lumber merchant in Bangor, Maine (1842–53) before moving to Minnesota.[1] He was the cousin of William D. Washburn, who also moved to Minneapolis from Maine. Washburn became a noted area businessman and later a U.S. Senator.

Dorilus Morrison was elected to represent the 5th district in the Minnesota State Senate and served from 1864 to 1865. He served two non-consecutive terms as mayor of Minneapolis in 1867–68 and 1869–70. When the Northwestern National Bank of Minneapolis was chartered in 1872, Morrison was its president. Later the bank and its holding company survived the Great Depression and became Wells Fargo.[2] Around that same time, he began building a streetcar line in the city. He joined with other businessmen, and eventually hired Thomas Lowry, who got the line up and running in 1875. The line eventually merged with a line in neighboring St. Paul to become Twin City Rapid Transit.

After Morrison died, his body was interred at Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis.


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Index to Politicians: Morris-harris to Morrison; Progressive Men of Minnesota (Minneapolis, 1897), p. 453
  2. ^ "A History of Minneapolis: Banking and Finance". Minneapolis Public Library ( 2001. Retrieved 2007-12-20.