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Morris M. Estee

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Morris Estee
Estee, circa 1896
Judge of the United States District Court for the Territory of Hawaii
In office
June 2, 1900 – October 27, 1903
Appointed byWilliam McKinley
Preceded bySeat established by 56 Stat. 222
Succeeded bySanford B. Dole
20th Speaker of the California State Assembly
In office
December 1873 – March 1874
Preceded byThomas Bowles Shannon
Succeeded byGideon J. Carpenter
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 8th district
In office
District Attorney of Sacramento County
In office
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 16th district
In office
Personal details
Morris March Estee

(1833-11-23)November 23, 1833
Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedOctober 27, 1903(1903-10-27) (aged 69)
Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii, U.S.
Political partyRepublican

Morris March Estee (November 23, 1833 – October 27, 1903) was an American Republican lawyer and politician from California.

Estee was born in Pennsylvania[1] but spent his young adult life in Sacramento from 1857 to 1859. His business card read: M.M.Estee, Attorney and Counselor at Law, Office: No 88 J Street, bet, Third and Fourth, (South Side,) Sacramento. He was elected in 1862 to the California State Assembly, one of five members representing the 16th District. From 1863 to 1866 he was District Attorney for Sacramento County.

In 1866 he moved to San Francisco, and practiced with a number of partners including John Henry Boalt.[2] In 1873 he was reelected to the Assembly, one of 12 members representing the San Francisco portion of the 8th District, and he was Speaker of the Assembly from 1873 to 1874.

Estee was nominated and ran twice as a Republican for Governor of California. In his first run, Estee was defeated by Democrat George Stoneman in 1882. His second and final run in 1895 placed him against James Budd, who also defeated him. Estee also had two failed elections to the U.S. Senate. On June 2, 1900, he was appointed the first US Federal District Court judge for the Territory of Hawaii.[2]

Estee died October 27, 1903, in Honolulu, Hawaii, at age 69.


  1. ^ Vassar, Alex; Meyers, Shane. "Morris M. Estee". JoinCalifornia.com. JoinCalifornia. Retrieved January 6, 2023.
  2. ^ a b Oscar Tully Shuck (1901). History of the bench and bar of California: being biographies of many remarkable men, a store of humorous and pathetic recollections, accounts of important legislation and extraordinary cases, comprehending the judicial history of the state. The Commercial printing house. pp. 827–828.

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Party political offices
Preceded by Republican nominee for Governor of California
Succeeded by
Preceded by Republican nominee for Governor of California
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by
Five members
California State Assemblyman, 16th District
(with four others)
Succeeded by
Five members
Preceded by
Twelve members
California State Assemblyman, 8th District
(San Francisco seat)

(with eleven others)
Succeeded by
Preceded by Speaker of the California State Assembly
December 1873–March 1874
Succeeded by
Legal offices
Preceded by
Seat established by 56 Stat. 222
United States District Court Judge
Succeeded by