Edward de Veaux Morrell

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Edward Morrell, Pennsylvania Congressman.

Edward de Veaux Morrell (August 7, 1863 – September 1, 1917) was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.

Morrell was born in Newport, Rhode Island. He attended private schools and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a member of St. Anthony Hall, in 1885. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1887 and commenced practice in Philadelphia. He was a member of the select council of Philadelphia from 1891 to 1894. He was active in the Pennsylvania National Guard, serving as a colonel of the Third Regiment and brigadier general commanding the First Brigade.

He married Louise Bouvier Drexel (October 2, 1863 – November 5, 1945), daughter of Francis Anthony Drexel and niece of Anthony J. Drexel, the most influential financier in the U.S. in the nineteenth century. Louise's mother, Emma Bouvier, is related to the family of Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis. Louise's half-sister was canonized as Saint Katharine Drexel on October 1, 2000 by Pope John Paul II.

Morrell was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-sixth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Alfred C. Harmer. He was reelected to the Fifty-seventh, Fifty-eighth, and Fifty-ninth Congresses. He served as chairman of the House United States House Committee on the Militia during the Fifty-eighth and Fifty-ninth Congresses. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1906.

He established the first telephone line north of the Frankford section of Philadelphia, and built an electric-light plant there. He was a member of the board of education of Philadelphia from 1912 to 1916. He was a resident of the Torresdale section of Philadelphia. He later went to Colorado Springs, Colorado, for his health, and died there in 1917. He interred in the family crypt at Eden Hall in Torresdale.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Alfred C. Harmer
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 5th congressional district

1900–1907
Succeeded by
William W. Foulkrod