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Isaac Newton MORRIS

(1812-1879)

MORRIS, Isaac Newton, (son of Thomas Morris and brother of Jonathan David Morris), a Representative from Illinois; born in Bethel, Ohio, January 22, 1812; attended Miami University, Oxford, Ohio; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1835 and commenced practice in Warsaw, Ill., in 1836; moved to Quincy, Ill., in 1838 and continued the practice of law; appointed secretary of state of Illinois in 1840, but declined; president of the Illinois & Michigan Canal Co. in 1841; member of the State house of representatives 1846-1848; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-fifth and Thirty-sixth Congresses (March 4, 1857-March 3, 1861); was not a candidate for renomination in 1860; appointed by President Grant commissioner for the Union Pacific Railroad in 1869; died in Quincy, Adams County, Ill., October 29, 1879; interment in Woodland Cemetery.

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

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