Ira Nelson Morris
Ira Nelson Morris
|Minister of Sweden|
July 13, 1914 – April 3, 1923
Warren G. Harding
|Commissioner general to Italy|
Robert Ney McNeely
November 12, 1883
|Died||January 15, 1942 (aged 66)|
|Resting place||Rosehill Cemetery and Mausoleum|
|Spouse(s)||Constance Lily Rothschild|
|Mother||Sarah Vogel Morris|
|Relatives||Abram M. Rothschild (brother-in-law)|
Edita Morris (daughter-in-law)
|Alma mater||Phillips Academy (1892)|
Sheffield Scientific School (Yale University) (1895)
Ira Nelson Morris was an American author and diplomat appointed the United States Minister to Sweden, 1914–1923. In 1913 he was appointed the Commissioner General to Italy, on behalf of the Panama–Pacific International Exposition.
Ira Morris was born March 8, 1875, in Chicago, Illinois, to Sarah (née Vogel) and Nelson Morris. His father was a meat-packing executive and founder of Morris & Company. His brother was Edward Morris. He attended Phillips Academy, in Andover, Massachusetts, graduating in 1892. He then attended Sheffield Scientific School, part of Yale University, graduating in 1895.
After graduation, Morris worked for his father in the meat-packing industry. He became involved in social problems and philanthropy, and was a member of the Chicago Peace Society and a foreign delegate to the American Peace Conference. After leaving his father's company he served as the president of Union Rending Company; treasurer of Consumer's Cotton Oil Company; secretary of Fairbank Canning Company; and director of National Packing Company, the National Stockyards of St. Louis, and A.M. Rothschild and Company.
In 1913, he was appointed the Commissioner General to Italy, where he helped the Italian government gain representation at the Panama–Pacific International Exposition. On July 13, 1914, he was appointed the United States Minister to Sweden, a position he held until 3 April 1923.
In 1921, while sailing to New York, on the Scandinavian-American liner United States, Morris saved the life of 19-year-old Ellen Neilson, of Brooklyn, in mid-ocean, when she was nearly washed overboard.
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