Biography of Robert E. Morrison
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ROBERT E. MORRISON, attorney at law, was born in Chicago July 13, 1856. He is the son of Honorable A. L. and Jane Clark Morrison. His father came to this country from Ireland when but a lad, and proceeded to make his way in a most remarkable manner. He is a veteran of the Mexican War, and is an active resident of Santa Fe, New Mexico. at the age of eighty two years. While otherwise regularly engaged providing for his family, he took up the study of law by himself, passed the required examinations and was admitted to practice in Chicago in 1868, and at once began the practice of his profession in that city. He later held several important federal appointments, the first of which was that of U. S. Marshal of New Mexico, which necessitated his removal to that Territory. Robert E. Morrison was reared and educated in Chicago, and after completing the high school course, entered the Union College of Law, from which he was graduated in 1877, but had been previously admitted to practice before the Supreme Court. There he practiced until the autumn of 1883, when he came to Arizona, established a ranch in Apache County and was engaged there in cattle business for three years. He was then elected Judge of the County, which position entailed the duties of ex officio Probate Judge and Superintendent of Schools. As County Judge he aided in cleaning up Apache County, which for several years had been the resort of cattle and horse thieves, and under the control of dishonest county officials. The history of that county during these years reads like a romance. Resuming his practice at the expiration of his term he was located at St. Johns until 1891, when he permanently settled in Prescott. The at the close of the term was reelected by a much larger majority than at the former election. In 1898 President McKinley appointed him U. S. Attorney for Arizona, in which capacity he served most efficiently and with the utmost satisfaction. In 1896 he was again elected District Attorney, chiefly to continue the prosecution of criminal cases against prominent citizens of his county, which he brought to a successful conclusion. Mr. Morrison's practice has steadily increased in volume, and he is regarded as one of the safe lawyers in the State on the laws pertaining to corporations and mining and his practice extends far beyond the boundaries of his own county. He is a member of the Arizona Bar Association and the American Bar Association. One of his daughters, Erin R., is a graduate of Trinity College, Washington, D. C., and has musical and literary talent or excellent character. Emmett, his son, is a student at Georgetown University. Another son is one of the Assistant Foresters in the Forestry Department at Washington. Mrs. Lucy W. McDonnell, a daughter, who resides with him, is the mother of three beautiful girls, and Juanita, his daughter, is a pupil at St. Joseph's Academy, in Prescott. Mr. Morrison is a well known member of the Knights of Columbus.

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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