Morrison, James L. D.

Born: 1816-04-12 Kaskaskia, Illinois

Died: 1888-08-14

James L. D. Morrison served as a midshipman in the U.S. Navy from 1832 to 1838. That year, he returned to Illinois and studied law. He resigned his commission and began a career as a lawyer in Belleville. He raised a company that became part of the Second Illinois Volunteer Regiment during the Mexican War and served as its lieutenant and later colonel. After the war, the Illinois Whigs nominated him for lieutenant governor. He lost but had a strong showing. Morrison subsequently won election to the Illinois House of Representatives and, later, the Illinois Senate. He became a leading Illinois Whig but transferred his allegiance to the Democrats when he felt the Know-Nothings were gaining too much power in his old party. He won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1856 and served until 1857. He then moved to St. Louis and campaigned for Stephen A. Douglas in 1858 and 1860.

Howard L. Conrad, ed. Encyclopedia of the History of Missouri (New York: The Southern History Company, 1901), 4:491.