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Governor Cameron A. Morrison

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Office Dates:  Jan 12, 1921 - Jan 14, 1925

Born:  Oct 05, 1869

Passed:  Aug 20, 1953

Birth State:  North Carolina

Party:  Democratic

Family:  Married twice—Lottie Mae Tomlinson, Sara Ecker Watts; one child

National Office(s) Served:  Representative, Senator


CAMERON A. MORRISON, the fifty-fifth governor of North Carolina, was born near Rockingham, North Carolina on October 5, 1869. His early education was attained in the local public schools and at the McCaskill’s Academy. He later studied law, and in 1892 was admitted to the bar. Morrison first entered politics as mayor of Rockingham, a position he held in 1893. He also served as a member of the North Carolina State Senate in 1901; and was a presidential elector in 1916. Morrison next secured the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, and was elected governor by a popular vote in the 1920 general election. During his tenure, funding was increased for educational advancements; mill strikes as well as a railroad strike were successfully dealt with; a Negro juvenile delinquent school was established; and banking reform legislation was sanctioned. After leaving the governorship, Morrison continued to stay active in political career. He served as a member of the U.S. Senate from 1930 to 1932; and was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1943 to 1945. After an unsuccessful 1944 senatorial bid, Morrison retired from public service. Governor Cameron A. Morrison passed away on August 20, 1953, and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery in Charlotte, North Carolina.

SOURCES:

Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol. 3, Westport, Conn.; Meckler Books, 1978. 4 vols.

Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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