LUZON BURRITT MORRIS, Connecticut’s 38th governor was born in Newton, Connecticut, on April 16, 1827. He graduated from Yale University in 1858, studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1856. Morris entered politics in 1855 as a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives, an office he was reelected to in 1856, 1870, 1876, 1880, and 1881. He served on the bench of the New Haven probate court from 1857 to 1863, and was a member of the Connecticut Senate from 1874 to 1876. Morris also served on several commissions, one of which amended Connecticut’s probate laws. He ran unsuccessfully for governor in 1888 and 1890, but was victorious in the 1892 election. During his tenure, he advocated for constitutional amendments in the election laws, but was ineffective in attaining the appropriate legislation. Governor Morris’s popularity eroded due to the bleak financial depression that overwhelmed the state, and he did not seek reelection. After leaving office on January 9, 1895, he returned to his law practice, and later served as president of the Connecticut Savings Bank of New Haven. Governor Luzon B. Morris died on August 22, 1895, and he is buried at the Evergreen Cemetery in New Haven.
Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol. 1, Westport, Conn.; Meckler books, 1978. 4 vols.