Thomas Morris (Ohio politician)

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Thomas Morris
United States Senator
from Ohio
In office
March 4, 1833 – March 4, 1839
Preceded by Benjamin Ruggles
Succeeded by Benjamin Tappan
Personal details
Born (1776-01-03)January 3, 1776
Berks County, Pennsylvania
Died December 7, 1844(1844-12-07) (aged 68)
Bethel, Ohio
Political party Democratic Party

Thomas Morris (January 3, 1776 – December 7, 1844) was a politician from Ohio who served in the United States Senate and was a member of the Democratic Party.


Morris was born in Berks County, Pennsylvania, and enlisted as a Ranger to fight the Indians in 1793. He settled in western Ohio two years later. Morris began practicing law in Bethel, Ohio in 1804.


On May 12, 1806, shortly after the beginning of the 1806–1807 term of the Ohio House of Representatives, Morris contested the election of David C. Bryan and was awarded the seat from Clermont County.[1]

Morris served in the Ohio State House of Representatives from 1808 to 1808, 1810, and 1820 to 1821.[2]) He served as Justice of the Ohio State Supreme Court in 1809.[3] He was a member of the Ohio State Senate from 1813 to 1815, 1821 to 1823, 1825 to 1829 and 1831 to 1833.

He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1833, and served a single term.[4] He did not seek re-election. He was nominated to the Vice Presidency by the Liberty Party in 1844 under James G. Birney. The ticket came in third after Democratic candidate James Knox Polk and Whig Party candidate Henry Clay.

Family life

Morris was the father of Isaac Newton Morris and Jonathan David Morris.[5]


He died June 16, 1844 and is interred in Early Settlers Burial Ground, Bethel, Clermont County, Ohio USA.[6]

Further reading

  • Morris, Benjamin Franklin, "The life of Thomas Morris: pioneer and long a legislator of Ohio, and U. S. senator from 1833 to 1839" (Moore, Wilstach, Keys & Overend, 1856).


  1. Taylor, William A. (1899). Ohio Statesmen and Annals of Progress, from the Year 1788 to the Year 1900. Columbus, Ohio: Westbote. pp. v. 1, p. 50.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Gilkey, Elliot Howard (1901). The Ohio Hundred Year Book. Columbus, Ohio: Fred J. Heer. pp. 186–192.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Thomas Morris". Find A Grave. Retrieved August 24, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Sen. Thomas Morris". Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved August 24, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Tolleson, Arizona". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved August 24, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Thomas Morris". Find A Grave. Retrieved 23 August 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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