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Our History: Featured Alumni/ae: Morrison, Martin A., 1886

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Martin Andrew Morrison

Congressman from Indiana

Born in Frankfort, Indiana on April 15, 1862, Martin Andrew Morrison attended public schools. He graduated from Butler College in Indiana in June 1883 and from the Law Department of the University of Virginia in 1886. He was admitted to the bar the same year and began his practice in Frankfort, Indiana. He was also county attorney of Clinton County in 1905 and 1906. He served as member of the board of education from 1907 to 1909.

Morrison was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-first and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1909-March 3, 1917). He served as chairman of the Committee on Patents (Sixty-fourth Congress). He was not a candidate for re-nomination in 1916. He resumed the practice of law. He served as president of the United States Civil Service Commission from March 1919 to July 1921. He became a member of the legal staff of the chief counsel of the Federal Trade Commission at Washington, D.C., on December 10, 1925, and served until his retirement on April 30, 1942, maintaining his residence in Washington, D.C.. He died in Abingdon, Virginia, July 9, 1944, while on a vacation. He was interred in Bunnell Cemetery in Frankfort, Indiana.

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