Biography of Morris Goldwater
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MORRIS GOLDWATER, vice president of Prescott National Bank and Mayor of Prescott, is also a member of the firm of M. Goldwater & Bros., leading merchants of the Southwest, with stores at Prescott and Phoenix. He is also one of Arizona's best known citizens, staunchest Democrats, and ablest business men. He was born in London, Eng., in 1852, but in 1854 his parents arrived in California, where they remained until 1861, when they came to Arizona and settled at La Paz. There his father engaged in business, and in 1871 they opened a store in Phoenix. Mr. Goldwater has always taken an active part in banking interests and is now secretary of the State Bankers' Association. He has also served for many years as treasurer of this association. In 1873 he was nominated for the legislature by the Democrats of Mancopa County, but the election proved a tie. During his residence in Phoenix, Mr. Goldwater was instrumental in having the military telegraph line built into the city, furnished room and instruments and was the first operator. In 1876 he located in Prescott, his present home. He is now serving his third term as Mayor, and has been a member of the City Council during several terms. He has also been a member of the Board of Supervisors and Board of School Examiners of Yavapai County, and of the Territorial Board of Equalization. He was member of the Council in the Twelfth Legislature, Chief Clerk of the House in the Thirteenth, and President of the Council in the Twentieth. Mr. Goldwater was a member of the First Democratic Convention held in Arizona, and in the Legislature was an indefatigable worker for his county and constitutents. It has ever been noted that Mr. Goldwater's relations with those among whom he worked, whether politically or otherwise, have been exceedingly harmonious, while his sense of justice and of what is due the other side have been the occasion of many a flattering, but deserved comment. He is an active and learned Mason of the thirty second degree, member of the Mystic Shrine, and Past Grand Master of the order in Arizona. He is also a member of the Elks and State Treasurer of the association.

From:
Who's Who in Arizona
Vol 1
Compiled and Published by Jo Conners
Press of The Arizona Daily Star
Tucson, Arizona 1913


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