Morris was born in Fayette, New York on January 4, 1812. He attended the public schools and the Canandaigua Academy in Ontario County, New York. Morris farmed and taught school before deciding on a legal career. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1845 and commenced practice in Penn Yan, New York.
Morris was active in politics as a Free Soil (anti-slavery) Democrat, and served as District Attorney of Yates County from 1847 to 1850. He was a member of the New York State Assembly (Yates Co.) in 1859.
Morris became a Republican when the party was founded in the 1850s, and served as chairman of the party in Yates County. At the start of the American Civil War he joined with pro-Union Democrats to organize unity rallies and recruiting drives.
- United States Congress. "Daniel Morris (id: M000974)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on 2009-04-07
- Daniel Morris at Find a Grave
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