James R. Morris

James Remley Morris ( born January 10, 1819 in Rogersville, Greene County, Pennsylvania, † December 24, 1899 in Woodsfield, Ohio ) was an American politician. Between 1861 and 1865 he represented the state of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


James Morris was the son of Congressman Joseph Morris ( 1795-1854 ). He attended the common schools. In 1829 he moved with his parents to Waynesburg, Ohio. A year later he came to Woodsfield, where he in 1833 and 1834 served an apprenticeship in the printing trade in the years. Until 1839, he completed a private study. After a subsequent law degree in 1843 and its recent approval as a lawyer, he started in Woodsfield to work in this profession. After the election of his father in the U.S. House of Representatives, he was elected as his successor to the district treasurer in Monroe County. Between 1844 and 1848 he was editor and manager of the newspaper Spirit of Democracy. In 1859 he was a member of the Ohio State Board of Equalization. Politically, he was a member of the Democratic Party.

In the congressional elections of 1860 Morris was in the 17th electoral district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Thomas Clarke Theaker on March 4, 1861. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1865 two legislative sessions. These were shaped by the events of the Civil War. Since 1863, Morris acted as successor of Robert H. Nugen the 15th district of his state in Congress. In 1864, he was not confirmed in its mandate.

After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives James Morris practiced as a lawyer again. From 1872 to 1877 he also served as executor judge. Between 1886 and 1889 he held the position of postmaster in Woodsfield. There he died on 24 December 1899.