MORROW, William W.

1843–1929

Biography

MORROW, William W., a Representative from California; born near Milton, Wayne County, Ind., July 15, 1843; moved with his parents to Adams County, Ill., in 1845; attended the common schools and received private instruction; moved to Santa Rosa, Calif., in 1859; taught school; explored mining regions; went East in 1862 to join the Union Army and served in the National Rifles of the District of Columbia; while in the Army of the Potomac was appointed special agent of the Treasury Department in January 1865 and was detailed to California; remained there and was employed during the next four years in confidential positions under the Secretary of the Treasury; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1869 and commenced practice in San Francisco; assistant United States attorney for California 1870-1874; assisted in organizing the San Francisco Bar Association in 1872 and served as its president in 1892 and 1893; chairman of the Republican State central committee of California 1879-1882; attorney for the State board of harbor commissioners 1880-1883; also special United States attorney before the French and American Claims Commission 1881-1883, and before the Alabama Claims Commission 1882-1885; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1884; elected as a Republican to the Forty-ninth, Fiftieth, and Fifty-first Congresses (March 4, 1885-March 3, 1891); was not a candidate for renomination in 1890; United States district judge for the northern district of California 1891-1897; United States circuit judge of the ninth judicial circuit 1897-1922; retired from the bench on January 1, 1923; was one of the incorporators of the American Red Cross; resided in San Francisco, San Francisco County, Calif., until his death in that city on July 24, 1929; interment in Cypress Lawn Cemetery, Colma, Calif.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Huntington Library

San Marino, CA
Papers: In the James De Barth Shorb papers, 1794-1957, 149 boxes. Persons represented include William W. Morrow.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: In the Luther Burbank papers, ca. 1830-1989, 16 linear feet. Persons represented include William W. Morrow.

University of California, Berkeley
The Bancroft Library

Berkeley, CA
Papers: 1886-1887, 2 pages. William W. Morrow letters to J.J. Hassell, from 1886-1887. The two letters concern Chinese immigration laws.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Morrow, William W. An address delivered by Wm. W. Morrow, at the Grand Opera House, on the occasion of the opening of the sixteenth industrial exhibition held under the auspices of the Mechanics' Institute of San Francisco, August 2d, 1881. San Francisco: E. Bosqui & Co., printers, 1881.

------. California Jurisprudence. San Francisco: Bancroft-Whitney Company, 1921.

------. Spanish and Mexican Private Land Grants. San Francisco: Bancroft-Whitney Company, 1923.

------. "The Spoilers." Berkeley, Calif.: Lederer, Street and Zeus Co., Printers. 1916.

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