Joseph Morris (Ohio politician)

Joseph Morris ( * October 16, 1795 in Greene County, Pennsylvania, † October 23, 1854 in Woodsfield, Ohio ) was an American politician. Between 1843 and 1847 he represented the state of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Joseph Morris attended the public schools of his home. In 1824 he was sheriff in Greene County. Since 1829 he has been resident in Woodsfield, where he worked in the trade. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Democratic Party launched a political career. In the years 1833 and 1834 he sat as an MP in the House of Representatives from Ohio. He also became eunuchs in Monroe County.

In the congressional elections of 1842 Morris was in the 15th electoral district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Sherlock James Andrews on March 4, 1843. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1847 two legislative sessions. The time until 1845 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. This led in 1845 to the outbreak of the Mexican-American War, which determined the second term of Morris. In 1846 he gave up another candidacy.

After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives Joseph Morris again worked in retail. He died on October 23, 1854 in Woodsfield. His son James (1819-1899) was also a congressman.