Francis Asbury Morris

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Francis Asbury Morris (1817 – 1881) was an attorney general of the Republic of Texas. He subsequently left the practice of law and became a Methodist minister.

Morris was born in Ohio in 1817 to Thomas Asbury Morris, later a Methodist bishop, and his wife Abigail Scales Morris. He attended the University of Ohio and graduated from Augusta College. He studied law and was admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1838.

The following year he moved to Texas to practice law and was named Attorney General in 1841 at the age of 24.

Later that year he went home to visit his sick mother who died in 1842. This event profoundly influenced the young Morris. He decided to change careers and go into the ministry.

He became professor of languages at St. Charles College (Missouri) in 1842. He married Mary Fielding in 1845, who was the daughter of the school's late President and a first cousin of Julia Dent, who later married Ulysses S. Grant.

He was a circuit riding minister and pastor in Missouri for the next several decades.

He died in 1881 and was buried in St. Louis, Missouri.