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Albert Pickett Morehouse, 1887-1889

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Introduction

Albert Pickett Morehouse was born on July 11, 1835 in Delaware County, Ohio, the son of Stephen and Harriett Wood Morehouse. In 1856, the family relocated to Nodaway County, Missouri, where Morehouse taught school and studied law. He was admitted to the Missouri bar in 1860 and opened a practice in Montgomery County. He served six months with the 36th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia during the Civil War. Morehouse married Martha McFadden in Lafayette County, Missouri, in 1865. He joined the law practice of Amos Graham in Maryville, Nodaway County, and by 1871 had established a real estate business and founded the Nodaway Democrat newspaper. Morehouse was a delegate to the Democratic national conventions of 1872 and 1876. He was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in 1876 and served in the General Assembly until elected lieutenant governor on the same ticket with former Confederate General John Sappington Marmaduke in 1884. Governor Marmaduke died while in office on December 28, 1887. Lieutenant Governor Albert Pickett Morehouse became the twenty-sixth governor of Missouri. Governor Morehouse was sworn in on January 3, 1888. During his administration, the agricultural experiment station of the University of Missouri College of Agriculture was established. Morehouse advocated adoption of the Australian voting system which employed secret ballots. When smallpox broke out in Adair and Schuyler counties in 1888, the governor included quarantine regulations created by the Missouri Board of Health in a proclamation issued by his office. Governor Morehouse returned to Nodaway County in 1889. Fearing mental incapacity after apparently suffering a heat stroke, Albert Pickett Morehouse committed suicide on September 23, 1891. He is interred alongside his wife in Oak Hill Cemetery, Maryville, Nodaway County.

The Collection

Records (1887-1888) of Governor Albert Pickett Morehouse (1835-1891) contain correspondence pertaining to appointments, pardons, petitions, and resignations. The collection also includes reports.

Rights and Reproductions

Copyright is in the public domain. Preferred citation: [Item description], [date]; Albert Pickett Morehouse, 1887-1889; Office of Governor, Record Group 3.26; Missouri State Archives, Jefferson City.

How to Use This Collection:

The official title lists dates of service from inauguration to end of term. Records (1887-1889) refer to the date range of materials included within the collection. All references to places are within the state of Missouri unless indicated, and county is specified when known. The spelling of proper names varies greatly. When correct spelling could not be determined the original spelling was retained. Officeholders are Missouri officials unless noted (U. S. Senator, U. S. Secretary of State). State Representatives are referred to as Representative. U. S. Representatives are noted with the title Congressman. Scanned images shown are the best available.

Related sources:

The collection finding aid provides a listing of additional Morehouse materials held by the Kansas City Public Library.

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