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Isaac Edward MORSE

(1809-1866)

MORSE, Isaac Edward, a Representative from Louisiana; born in Attakapas, La., May 22, 1809; attended school in Elizabethtown, N.J., and the Norwich (Vt.) Military Academy, and was graduated from Harvard University in 1829; studied law; was admitted to the bar and practiced in New Orleans, La., and St. Martinville, La., 1835-1842; member of the State senate 1842-1844; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-eighth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Peter E. Bossier; reelected to the Twenty-ninth, Thirtieth, and Thirty-first Congresses and served from December 2, 1844, to March 3, 1851; chairman, Committee on Private Land Claims (Thirty-first Congress); was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1850 to the Thirty-second Congress; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1848; attorney general of Louisiana 1853-1855; appointed by President Pierce on December 2, 1856, one of two special commissioners to New Granada to negotiate concerning the transit of citizens, officers, soldiers, and seamen of the United States across the Isthmus of Panama; died in New Orleans, La., February 11, 1866; interment in Washington Cemetery.

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

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