Martin Ferdinand Morris

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Martin Ferdinand Morris
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Associate Justice of the Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia
In office
April 15, 1893 – June 30, 1905
Appointed byGrover Cleveland
Preceded bySeat established by 27 Stat. 434
Succeeded byLouis E. McComas
Personal details
Martin Ferdinand Morris

(1834-12-03)December 3, 1834
Youghal, Ireland
DiedSeptember 12, 1909(1909-09-12) (aged 74)
Washington, D.C.
EducationGeorgetown University
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Martin Ferdinand Morris (December 3, 1834 – September 12, 1909) was an Associate Justice of the Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia.

Education and career[edit]

Born December 3, 1834, in Youghal, Ireland (then United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland),[1] of Irish Catholic descent,[2] Morris graduated from Georgetown University in 1854.[1] On leaving Georgetown, Morris entered the Jesuit novitiate at Frederick, Maryland, to prepare himself for the Catholic priesthood.[2] However, the death of his father left him the sole support of his mother and sisters and he thereafter pursued the study of law.[2] He read law in 1863 and subsequently entered private practice in Baltimore, Maryland from 1864 to 1867.[1] He continued private practice in Washington, D.C. from 1867 to 1893.[1] He was, including concurrently with his later federal judicial service, a Professor at Georgetown Law from 1876 to 1909, serving as Dean of that institution in 1907.[1] Morris was one of the founders of Georgetown Law in 1871, working under the direction of Patrick Francis Healy.[2]

Federal judicial service[edit]

Morris was nominated by President Grover Cleveland on April 14, 1893, to the Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia (now the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit), to a new Associate Justice seat authorized by 27 Stat. 434.[1] He was confirmed by the United States Senate on April 15, 1893, and received his commission the same day.[1] His service terminated on June 30, 1905, due to his retirement.[1]


Morris received the honorary degree Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) from Georgetown University in 1877.[2]


Morris wrote "Lectures on the History of the Development of Constitutional and Civil Liberty" in 1908.[2]


Morris died on September 12, 1909, in Washington, D.C.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Martin Ferdinand Morris at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
  2. ^ a b c d e f  Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Martin Ferdinand Morris" . Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton.


Political offices
Preceded by
Seat established by 27 Stat. 434
Associate Justice of the Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia
Succeeded by
Louis E. McComas