MORRIS, RICHARD (1815–1844). Richard Morris, Galveston lawyer, the son of Richard Morris, was born in Hanover County, Virginia, on December 27, 1815. He attended the University of Virginia, was admitted to the bar in 1838, and moved to Houston, where he established a law partnership with James H. Davis. After Davis's death in 1840, Morris moved to Galveston and continued to practice. He was appointed district judge by President Mirabeau B. Lamar in 1841 and served until 1844. In 1841 he married Mary Love of Galveston. Morris contracted yellow fever and died in Galveston on August 19, 1844.
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