Alfred Hennen Morris

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Alfred Hennen Morris
Alfred Hennen Morris 1902.jpg
Born March 3, 1864
Wilmington, Delaware,
United States
Died July 9, 1959 (1959-07-10) (aged 95)
New York City, New York
United States
Residence Throggs Neck, New York
Board member of The Jockey Club
Spouse(s) Jessie Harding
Children John A. II (1892–1985)
Cora H. (b. 1893)
Parent(s) John Albert Morris & Cora Hennen
Relatives Brother: Dave Hennen

Alfred Hennen Morris (March 3, 1864 – July 9, 1959) was an American businessman politician, and racehorse owner/breeder.

The son of Louisiana Lottery "king" John Albert Morris and his wife Cora Hennen, he was named for his maternal grandfather, Judge Alfred Hennen, of New Orleans, a Justice on the Louisiana Supreme Court.

In 1889, he married Jessie Harding of Philadelphia, the daughter of William W. Harding who had owned the Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper.[1]

Alfred Morris finished out his term as a member of the New York Legislature in 1893[2] and in 1900 was appointed a school commissioner for Manhattan and The Bronx by Mayor Robert Anderson Van Wyck.[3]

Thoroughbred horse racing[edit]

His father was a prominent figure in Thoroughbred horse racing who owned Morris Park Racetrack in The Bronx, New York. Alfred Morris and brother Dave, owned, bred, and raced a number of successful Thoroughbreds. Among their major racing wins were the 1898 Belmont Stakes with Bowling Brook, and the 1899 Kentucky Derby with Manuel.

When Philip J. Dwyer, Treasurer of the Monmonth Park Association, resigned on August 3, 1893, Alfred Morris took over the management of the troubled racetrack.[4] Alfred Morris served as Vice-Chairman and steward of The Jockey Club from 1942 to 1947.