Thomas Morris (Ohio politician)

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Thomas Morris
TMorris.jpg
United States Senator
from Ohio
In office
March 4, 1833 – March 4, 1839
Preceded byBenjamin Ruggles
Succeeded byBenjamin Tappan
Personal details
Born(1776-01-03)January 3, 1776
Berks County, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedDecember 7, 1844(1844-12-07) (aged 68)
Bethel, Ohio, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic-Republican (Before 1825)
Jacksonian (1825–1828)
Democratic (1928–1844)
Liberty (1844)

Thomas Morris (January 3, 1776 – December 7, 1844) was an American politician from Ohio who served in the United States Senate and was a member of the Democratic Party. In the 1844 presidential election, he was the vice presidential nominee of the anti-slavery Liberty Party.

Biography[edit]

Morris was born in Berks County, Pennsylvania, and enlisted as a Ranger to fight the Indians in 1793. He settled in western Ohio two years later. Morris began practicing law in Bethel, Ohio in 1804.

Career[edit]

On May 12, 1806, shortly after the beginning of the 1806–1807 term of the Ohio House of Representatives, Morris contested the election of David C. Bryan and was awarded the seat from Clermont County.[1]

Morris served in the Ohio State House of Representatives for Clermont County from 1806–1807, 1808–1809, 1810–1811, and 1820–1821.[2]) He served as Justice of the Ohio State Supreme Court in 1809.[3] He was then a member of the Ohio State Senate for Clermont County from 1813–1815, 1821–1823, 1825–1829 and 1831–1833.

He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1833, and served a single term.[4] He did not seek re-election. He was nominated to the Vice Presidency by the Liberty Party in 1844 under James G. Birney. The ticket came in third after Democratic candidate James Knox Polk and Whig Party candidate Henry Clay.

Family life[edit]

Morris was the father of Isaac Newton Morris and Jonathan David Morris.[5]

Death[edit]

He died June 16, 1844 and is interred in Early Settlers Burial Ground, Bethel, Clermont County, Ohio USA.[6]

Further reading[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Taylor, William A. (1899). Ohio Statesmen and Annals of Progress, from the Year 1788 to the Year 1900. Columbus, Ohio: Westbote. pp. v. 1, p. 50.
  2. ^ Gilkey, Elliot Howard (1901). The Ohio Hundred Year Book. Columbus, Ohio: Fred J. Heer. pp. 186–192.
  3. ^ "Thomas Morris". Find A Grave. Retrieved August 24, 2012.
  4. ^ "Sen. Thomas Morris". Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved August 24, 2012.
  5. ^ "Tolleson, Arizona". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved August 24, 2012.
  6. ^ "Thomas Morris". Find A Grave. Retrieved 23 August 2012.

External links[edit]

Ohio House of Representatives
Preceded by
David Bryan
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from Clermont County

1806–1807
Succeeded by
John Pollock
Preceded by
John Pollock
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from Clermont County

1808–1809
Served alongside: William Fee
Succeeded by
Amos Ellis
John Pollock
Preceded by
Amos Ellis
John Pollock
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from Clermont County

1810–1811
Served alongside: John Pollock
Succeeded by
John Pollock
Preceded by
Alexander Campbell
David Morris
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from Clermont County

1820–1821
Succeeded by
Gideon Minor
Ohio Senate
Preceded by
Levi Rodgers
Member of the Ohio Senate
from Clermont County

1813–1815
Succeeded by
John Bogges
Preceded by
John Pollock
Member of the Ohio Senate
from Clermont County

1821–1823
Succeeded by
Owen T. Fishback
Preceded by
Owen T. Fishback
Member of the Ohio Senate
from Clermont County

1825–1829
Succeeded by
William Wayland
Preceded by
William Wayland
Member of the Ohio Senate
from Clermont County

1831–1833
Succeeded by
William Doan
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Benjamin Ruggles
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Ohio
1833–1839
Served alongside: Thomas Ewing, William Allen
Succeeded by
Benjamin Tappan
Party political offices
Preceded by
Thomas Earle
Liberty nominee for Vice President of the United States
1844
Succeeded by
Leicester King
Withdrew