Albert Pickett Morehouse

Gov. Albert Pickett Morehouse

Missouri

Term(s)
December 28, 1887 - January 14, 1889

Born
July 11, 1835

Passed
September 23, 1891

Party
Democratic

School(s)

Status:
Succeeded

Birth State
Ohio

Military Service:
Army

Family:
Married Martha E. "Mattie" McFadden; three children

BIO

ALBERT P. MOREHOUSE was born in Delaware County, Ohio on July 11, 1835. His early education was attained in the public schools of his native state. After moving to Missouri, Morehouse studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1860, and then established his legal career in Maryville. He served during the Civil War as a first lieutenant in the Union Army. Morehouse first entered politics as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention, a position he held in 1872 and 1876. He also served as a member of the Missouri House of Representatives in 1877 and 1883, and was the lieutenant governor of Missouri from 1885 to 1889. On December 28, 1887 Governor John S. Marmaduke died in office, and Morehouse, who was the lieutenant governor at the time, assumed the duties of the governorship. During his tenure, a local liquor option law was sanctioned; the St. Louis trades and labor assembly was organized; the American Federation of Labor Convention took place in St. Louis; and railway strikes were successfully dealt with. Morehouse completed his term on January 14, 1889 and retired from political life. After encountering health problems, Governor Albert P. Morehouse committed suicide on September 23, 1891. He was buried in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Maryville, Missouri.

Source

Missouri Secretary of State

Messages and Proclamations of the Governors of the State of Missouri (Produced by the Missouri Historical Society)

Missouri State Archives (Jefferson City, MO)

The Political Graveyard

Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol. 2, Westport, Conn.; Meckler Books, 1978. 4 vols.

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