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Edmund Needham Morrill

Born: Feb 12, 1834

Death: Mar 14, 1909

Birthplace: Westbrook

Nationality: United States

Edmund Needham Morrill

Date of Birth : Feb 12, 1834
Date of Death : Mar 14, 1909
Birth Place : Westbrook

Edmund Needham Morrill was a U.S. Congressman from Kansas and the 13th governor of Kansas. Edmund Needham Morrill was born in Westbrook, Maine, to Rufus and Mary Morrill. He attended the common schools at Westbrook Academy and learned the trade of tanning from his father. At the age of 23, he moved to Kansas. In 1861, he enlisted as a private in Company C, 7th Kansas Cavalry. Within a year, he was a captain, and by 1865 he was a major. After the Civil War, he entered the banking business and remained in that business for the rest of his life. Morrill married twice, first to Elizabeth A. Brettum whom he married on November 27, 1862. Elizabeth died November 1868 at Hiawatha, Kansas. Morrill's second wife was Caroline Jenkins Nash, whom he married December 25, 1869. They had three children, all born at Hiawatha. In 1866, he was elected clerk of the district court. In 1872, he was elected to the Kansas Senate. He was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1882, serving four two-year terms before declining another, announcing instead his retirement from politics.


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