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Elijah Adams MORSE

(1841-1898)

MORSE, Elijah Adams, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in South Bend, St. Joseph County, Ind., May 25, 1841; moved to Massachusetts with his parents, who settled in Boston in 1852; attended the public schools, the Boylston School in Boston, and Onondaga Academy, New York; enlisted in the Union Army in the Fourth Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteers, during the Civil War; served three months under General Butler in Virginia and one year under General Banks in Louisiana; promoted to corporal; manufacturer of stove polish in Canton, Mass.; member of the State house of representatives in 1876; unsuccessful Prohibition Party candidate for Lieutenant Governor in 1877; served in the State senate in 1886 and 1887; member of the Governor’s council in 1888; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-first and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1889-March 3, 1897); chairman, Committee on Alcohol Liquor Traffic (Fifty-fourth Congress); was not a candidate for renomination in 1896; resumed manufacturing activities; died in Canton, Norfolk County, Mass., June 5, 1898; interment in Canton Cemetery.

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

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