Calvary Morris

Calvary Morris ( born January 15, 1798 in Charleston, Virginia; † October 13, 1871 in Athens, Ohio ) was an American politician. Between 1837 and 1843 he represented the State of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Born in what is now West Virginia Calvary Morris attended the public schools of his home. In 1819, he moved to Athens in Ohio. Between 1823 and 1827 he was sheriff in the local Athens County. Between 1827 and 1829, and again in the years 1835 and 1836 he sat as an MP in the House of Representatives from Ohio. He was also a 1829-1835 to the State Senate. In the 1830s he became a member of the Whig Party, founded at that time.

In the congressional elections of 1836 Morris was in the sixth electoral district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Samuel Finley Vinton on March 4, 1837. After two re- election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1843 three legislative periods. Since 1841 he was chairman of the Committee on Invalid Pensions. The time from 1841 was marked by the tensions between President John Tyler and the Whigs. It was also at that time already been discussed about a possible annexation of the independent Republic of Texas since 1836 by Mexico.

In 1842, Morris gave up another candidacy. After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives, he worked in the wool business. Between 1847 and 1854 he worked in Cincinnati in trade. Then he returned to Athens. Later he served in Athens County as restructuring judge. He died on 13 October 1871 in Athens, where he was also buried.