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Edward Joy MORRIS

(1815-1881)

MORRIS, Edward Joy, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Philadelphia, Pa., July 16, 1815; attended the common schools and the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia; was graduated from Harvard University in 1836; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1842 and practiced in Philadelphia; member of the State house of representatives 1841-1843; elected as a Whig to the Twenty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1843-March 3, 1845); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1844 to the Twenty-ninth Congress; Chargé d’Affaires to Naples from January 20, 1850, to August 26, 1853; member of the board of directors of Girard College, Philadelphia; again a member of the State house of representatives in 1856; elected as a Republican to the Thirty-fifth, Thirty-sixth, and Thirty-seventh Congresses and served from March 4, 1857, until June 8, 1861, when he resigned; appointed Minister Resident to Turkey and served from June 8, 1861, to October 25, 1870; died in Philadelphia, Pa., December 31, 1881; interment in Laurel Hill Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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