Benton County


House, 48th General Assembly, 1893-95; representing Benton, Decatur, and Henry counties; Democrat. Born 24 May 1864 in Benton County, TN; son of William P. and Elvira Jane (Johnson) Morris. Attended school at Camden, Benton County, TN; studied law. Married Nancy Stigall 13 October 1895 in Benton County; daughter of H.F. and Martha Stigall; children -- Roy and Lorine. Described as financier and lawyer; operated a general store at Big Sandy, Benton County, TN in 1891; secretary and treasurer of Benton Seminary; president of Benton County Bank when established in 1900; president Camden Telephone Exchange in 1903; member of county court in 1894; sergeant-at-arms of Tennessee Senate, 1895-97; member of county election commission, 1898; clerk and master of Chancery Court in 1900. Member of Methodist Episcopal Church, serving as secretary and treasurer of Sunday School; member Free and Accepted Masons, serving as Worshipful Master of Lodge in 1908. Died 19 December 1918 at Camden; buried in the Camden City Cemetery, Camden, TN. Son of William P. Morris, sometime member Tennessee General Assembly.

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