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William W. MORROW

(1843-1929)

MORROW, William W., a Representative from California; born near Milton, Wayne County, Ind., July 15, 1843; moved with his parents to Adams County, Ill., in 1845; attended the common schools and received private instruction; moved to Santa Rosa, Calif., in 1859; taught school; explored mining regions; went East in 1862 to join the Union Army and served in the National Rifles of the District of Columbia; while in the Army of the Potomac was appointed special agent of the Treasury Department in January 1865 and was detailed to California; remained there and was employed during the next four years in confidential positions under the Secretary of the Treasury; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1869 and commenced practice in San Francisco; assistant United States attorney for California 1870-1874; assisted in organizing the San Francisco Bar Association in 1872 and served as its president in 1892 and 1893; chairman of the Republican State central committee of California 1879-1882; attorney for the State board of harbor commissioners 1880-1883; also special United States attorney before the French and American Claims Commission 1881-1883, and before the Alabama Claims Commission 1882-1885; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1884; elected as a Republican to the Forty-ninth, Fiftieth, and Fifty-first Congresses (March 4, 1885-March 3, 1891); was not a candidate for renomination in 1890; United States district judge for the northern district of California 1891-1897; United States circuit judge of the ninth judicial circuit 1897-1922; retired from the bench on January 1, 1923; was one of the incorporators of the American Red Cross; resided in San Francisco, San Francisco County, Calif., until his death in that city on July 24, 1929; interment in Cypress Lawn Cemetery, Colma, Calif.

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

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