FRANK B. MORRISON, the thirty-second governor of Nebraska, was born in Golden, Colorado, on May 20, 1905. His education was attained at Kansas State University, where he graduated in 1927, and at the University of Nebraska, where he earned a law degree in 1931. He taught school for a while, was the superintendent of schools in Farwell, Nebraska, and then established his legal career in Stockville, Nebraska. Morrison first entered politics as the Frontier County attorney, a position he won election to in 1934. Between 1948 and 1970 he ran five times unsuccessfully for a seat in the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. Morrison next secured the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, and was elected governor by a popular vote in November 1960. He was reelected to a second term in 1962, and to a third term in 1964. During his tenure, the state’s accounting system was restructured; a state income tax was sanctioned; a study program for water conservation was authorized; and a state employees’ retirement plan was initiated, as well as a statewide educational television system. After leaving office, Morrison secured an appointment in 1968, to serve as food consultant for the Agency for International Development in India. He also served on the Nebraska Social and Judicial Reform Committee in 1971, and served as the Douglas County public defender from 1971 to 1974. Governor Frank B. Morrison, who wrote his autobiography, One Man’s Trip Through the 20th Century, in 2001, passed away on April 19, 2004.
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