Mount Etna Morris

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Mount Etna Morris
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33rd, 35th & 37th State Treasurer of Missouri
In office
January 1965 – January 1969
Governor Warren E. Hearnes
Preceded by Milton Carpenter
Succeeded by William Edmond Robinson
In office
January 1957 – January 1961
Governor James T. Blair, Jr.
Preceded by George Hubert Bates
Succeeded by Milton Carpenter
In office
January 1949 – January 1953
Governor Forrest Smith
Preceded by Richard R. Nacy
Succeeded by George Hubert Bates
Member of the Missouri House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born (1900-09-01)September 1, 1900
Dadeville, Missouri, USA
Died July 8, 1988(1988-07-08) (aged 87)
Spouse(s) Helen (Adamson) Morris
Margery (Lott)(Adamson) Morrison
Children Four (two with first wife, two step-children)
Alma mater Southwest Missouri State College
University of Missouri
Profession Banking
Religion Presbyterian

Mount Etna Morris (September 1, 1900 – July 8, 1988) was an American politician from Missouri. A Democrat, he served three non-consecutive terms as State Treasurer of Missouri as well as Missouri Director of Revenue and two terms in the Missouri House of Representatives.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Mount Etna Morris was born September 1, 1900 in Dadeville, Missouri to hardware merchant Albert G. Morris and his wife. He had two siblings; brother A. George Morris, an official with the Missouri Department of Conservation, and sister Lucille (Morris) Upton, an author and newspaper reporter.[2] Following graduation from Walnut Grove High School, M.E. Morris served his nation during World War One. After his military service Morris attended Southwest Missouri State College in Springfield and later the University of Missouri. On December 24, 1922, he married the former Helen Adamson of Everton, Missouri, and had two children. In April, 1967 he married Margery (Lott) Adamson, the widow of his first wife's relative.[3]

Business and politics[edit]

In 1928, Morris founded and managed the People's Bank in Miller, Missouri. From 1932 to 1936, he served two terms in the Missouri House of Representatives. Following his service in the state legislature, he served as CEO of the Trenton National Bank from 1936 to 1945. He re-joined state government in 1945, serving for a year as commissioner of the state Division of Finance, before becoming the first director of the newly created Missouri Department of Revenue in July 1946, in the Cabinet of Governor Phil M. Donnelly, serving until his election as state treasurer. From 1949 to 1953, he served as State Treasurer of Missouri. He served again as director of the state Department of Revenue from 1953 to 1956, during Phil Donnelly's second term as governor, before resigning to seek a second term as state treasurer, which he served from 1957 to 1961. He was subsequently reelected to a third term, serving from 1965 to 1969.


  1. ^ Missouri State Treasurer-Past Treasurer's Biography
  2. ^ "Honorary Members". White River Valley Historical Quarterly. 1964-06-01. Retrieved 2011-05-31. 
  3. ^ "Obituary". Dexter Daily Statesman. 2008-06-27. Retrieved 2011-05-31. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Richard R. Nacy
Missouri State Treasurer
Succeeded by
George Hubert Bates
Preceded by
George Hubert Bates
Missouri State Treasurer
Succeeded by
Milton Carpenter
Preceded by
Milton Carpenter
Missouri State Treasurer
Succeeded by
William Edmond Robinson