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1852-1855, Martin Luther Morris (No Photo Available)


1852-1855, Martin Luther Morris (No Photo Available)



Martin Luther Morris was born in Fayette County, Pennsylvania on Jan. 20, 1816. He married Sarah Jane Wood in Uniontown, Pennsylvania on Jan 22, 1838. They had nine children: William W., Priscilla L., Martha A., William C., Emma D., Martin L., Ella M., Morgan R., and Jeannie. Morris was a printer and in 1840 published the American Union, a weekly Democratic paper. The family came to Iowa in 1846. Martin Morris was State Treasurer of Iowa from Dec. 4, 1852 to Jan. 2, 1859. He was also State Librarian from 1852 to 1855. When the Civil War broke out, Morris enlisted in the First Iowa Cavalry July 18, 1861 and was promoted to Quartermaster Sergeant. The family had moved to Kansas by 1870 and his wife, Sarah, died there in 1886. Morris remarried to Mary Elizabeth Green in 1888. They moved to Yamhill, Oregon where Martin Morris died on Jan. 17, 1893 at age 76. He was buried in the Pike Cemetery in Yamhill. 1850 US. Federal Census, Fort Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, p.25 line 20, M.L. Morris household, (Online: 1856 Iowa Census, Iowa City, Johnson County, family nb. 123., line 10, M.L. Morris household, (Online: 1860 US. Federal Census, Fremont Township, Johnson County, Iowa, p.613, line 35. Martin L. Morris. (Online: AncestryLib. com) 1870 US. Federal Census, Stranger Township, Leavenwork County, Kansas, p.529, line 10, Martin Morris household, (Online: 1875 Kansas census, Middle Creek Township, Miami County, p.20, line 37, M.L. Morris household, (Online: 1880 US. Federal Census, Middle Creek Township, Miami County, Kansas, ED 137, p.7, M.L. Morris household (Online: 1885 Kansas census, Middle Creek Township, Miami County, p.72, line 30, M.L. Morris household, (Online: 1900 census, Kansas, Sedgwick County, 2nd Precinct, family of Morgan L. Morris, E.D. 291, sheet 15, (Online: History of Johnson County, Iowa containing a history of the county, and its townships, cities and villages from 1836 to 1882. together with biographical sketches… Iowa City, IA: 1883. 506-507. Cutler, William G. History of the State of Kansas. Chicago: A.T. Andreas. 1883, (Online: Martin Luther Morris, personal information, (Online:


State Librarians of Iowa 1837 - 2008 Compiled by Karon S. King Library Resource Technician State Library of Iowa 1112 East Grand Avenue Des Moines, Iowa 50319 2008


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