Cameron A. Morrison

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Cameron A. Morrison
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 10th district
In office
January 3, 1943 – January 3, 1945
Preceded byAlfred L. Bulwinkle
Succeeded byJoseph W. Ervin
United States Senator
from North Carolina
In office
December 13, 1930 – December 4, 1932
Preceded byLee S. Overman
Succeeded byRobert R. Reynolds
55th Governor of North Carolina
In office
January 12, 1921 – January 14, 1925
LieutenantWilliam B. Cooper
Preceded byThomas Walter Bickett
Succeeded byAngus Wilton McLean
Personal details
Born(1869-10-05)October 5, 1869
Rockingham, North Carolina, U.S.
DiedAugust 20, 1953(1953-08-20) (aged 83)
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Political partyDemocratic

Cameron A. Morrison (October 5, 1869 – August 20, 1953) was the 55th Governor of the U.S. state of North Carolina from 1921 to 1925.

He was born in 1869 in Richmond County, North Carolina. With the backing of Sen. Furnifold Simmons and the help of race-baiting tactics employed by A. D. Watts, Morrison defeated O. Max Gardner in the 1920 Democratic primary for governor.[1] He was later called "the Good Roads governor" for his support of a modern highway system. Morrison also pushed for increased funds for public education, while also battling the teaching of the theory of evolution.[2]

He was later appointed to serve as a United States Senator for the state of North Carolina (after the death of Lee S. Overman) between 1930 and 1932, but lost his seat in the Democratic primary runoff to Robert R. Reynolds.[3]

Morrison was later elected to one term in the United States House of Representatives from 1943 to 1945.[4] He again lost a Democratic primary for a U.S. Senate seat in 1944, to Clyde R. Hoey.[5] He died in Quebec City in 1953. A ten-story residence hall on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill is named in his honor.

His home at Charlotte, Morrocroft, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.[6]


  1. ^ News & Observer: "What the obituary didn't say" by Rob Christensen Archived 2008-07-18 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Evolution Controversy in NC in the 1920s". Archived from the original on 20 February 2009. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  3. ^ "Our Campaigns - NC US Senate - D Runoff Race - Jul 02, 1932". Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  4. ^ "Our Campaigns - NC District 10 Race - Nov 03, 1942". Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  5. ^ "Our Campaigns - NC US Senate - D Primary Race - May 27, 1944". Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  6. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas Walter Bickett
Governor of North Carolina
Succeeded by
Angus Wilton McLean
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Lee Slater Overman
U.S. Senator (Class 3) from North Carolina
Served alongside: Furnifold McLendel Simmons, Josiah William Bailey
Succeeded by
Robert Rice Reynolds
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Alfred L. Bulwinkle
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 10th congressional district

Succeeded by
Joseph Wilson Ervin