Anson Morrill

Anson Peaslee Morrill (June 10, 1803 – July 4, 1887) was an American politician.

Anson Peaslee Morrill
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maine's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1861 – March 3, 1863
Preceded byFreeman H. Morse
Succeeded byJohn H. Rice
24th Governor of Maine
In office
January 3, 1855 – January 2, 1856
Preceded byWilliam G. Crosby
Succeeded bySamuel Wells
Member of the Maine House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1803-06-10)June 10, 1803
Belgrade, Massachusetts
(now Maine)
DiedJuly 4, 1887(1887-07-04) (aged 84)
Augusta, Maine
Political partyRepublican


Born in 1803 in Belgrade (in modern-day Maine, then a part of Massachusetts), originally a storekeeper and millkeeper, he was the 24th Governor of Maine from 1855 to 1856, represented Maine's fourth district in the United States House of Representatives from 1861 to 1863 and served in the Maine House of Representatives. He represented the Maine Law and Know Nothing parties when elected governor in 1854 and as a Republican in the 1855 election for governor.[1] Morrill also served as sheriff of Somerset County, Maine. He was older brother to Lot M. Morrill, a U.S. Treasury Secretary under President Ulysses S. Grant.

After his term as governor, Morrill served as president of the Maine Central Railroad 1864-1866 and again 1873–1875.[2] Following his second term as the railroad's president, he served as vice president for the railroad until his death in 1887.

Governor Morrill died in 1887 in Augusta, Maine and is buried at the Forest Grove Cemetery in Augusta.


  • United States Congress. "Anson Morrill (id: M000967)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on 2009-03-23
  1. ^ Public documents of Maine: Being the annual reports of the various public officers and institutions for the year 1874 (PDF). Augusta: Sprague, Owen & Nash. 1874.
  2. ^ Legg, John F. (January 17, 1999). "Maine Central Railroad Company". Archived from the original on August 18, 2005. Retrieved December 29, 2005.
Party political offices
First Know Nothing nominee for Governor of Maine
Succeeded by
First Republican nominee for Governor of Maine
Succeeded by
Hannibal Hamlin
Political offices
Preceded by
William G. Crosby
Governor of Maine
Succeeded by
Samuel Wells
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Freeman H. Morse
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maine's 4th congressional district

March 4, 1861 – March 3, 1863
Succeeded by
John H. Rice
Business positions
Preceded by
Hollis Bowman
President of Maine Central Railroad
Succeeded by
Preceded by
President of Maine Central Railroad
Succeeded by