Dorilus Morrison (December 27, 1814 – June 26, 1897) was an American banker, businessman, and Republican politician. He was the first and third Mayor of Minneapolis and was a member of the Minnesota Senate.

Dorilus Morrison
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1st and 3rd Mayor of Minneapolis
In office
April 13, 1869 – April 12, 1870
Preceded byHugh G. Harrison
Succeeded byEli B. Ames
In office
February 26, 1867 – April 14, 1868
Preceded byPosition Established
Succeeded byHugh G. Harrison
Member of the Minnesota Senate
from the 5th district
In office
January 5, 1864 – January 1, 1866
Preceded byRufus J. Baldwin
Succeeded byCurtis H. Pettit
Personal details
Born(1814-12-27)December 27, 1814
Livermore, Maine
DiedJune 26, 1897(1897-06-26) (aged 82)
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Resting placeLakewood Cemetery
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Political partyRepublican
  • Harriet (Putnam) Morrison
  • (died 1880)
  • DeWitt Clinton Morrison
  • (b. 1842; died 1913)
  • George H. Morrison
  • (b. 1843; died 1882)
  • Grace E. (Kimball)
  • (b. 1851; died 1907)

Life and careerEdit

Morrison was born in Livermore, Maine. His first business was as a merchant supporting the lumber industry near Bangor, Maine. In 1854, Morrison visited Minnesota to investigate potential lumber interests. He was sufficiently impressed that he sold his businesses in Maine and moved to St. Anthony, Minnesota within a year. He became involved in the local lumber and milling industries (along with his fellow Mainer William D. Washburn) and became an early investor in the Minneapolis Milling Company (forerunner of today's General Mills).[1]

In 1863, Morrison was elected to represent the 5th district in the Minnesota State Senate and served from 1864 to 1865.[2] When the city of Minneapolis was formally incorporated in 1867, Morrison was elected as its first mayor. He was re-elected to a second term in 1869 and ran unsuccessfully for a third in 1872.[3]

Morrison supported the initial construction of the Northern Pacific Railroad along with William Washburn, George A. Brackett, William S. King and others.[1] When the Northwestern National Bank of Minneapolis was chartered in 1872, Morrison was its first president.[4] Around that same time, he began building a streetcar line in the city. He joined with other businessmen, and eventually hired Thomas Lowry, who got the line up and running in 1875. The line eventually merged with a line in neighboring St. Paul to become Twin City Rapid Transit.

Morrison died in 1897. He is buried at Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis.[5]

Electoral historyEdit

  • Minneapolis Mayoral Election, 1867
    • Dorilus Morrisona
  • Minneapolis Mayoral Election, 1869
    • Dorilus Morrison 859
    • Henry G. Sidle 756
  • Minneapolis Mayoral Election, 1872


^a No specific record of the vote exists, only the result.


  1. ^ a b Atwater, Isaac, ed. (1893). History of the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Part II. New York: Munsell & Company. pp. 614–618.
  2. ^ "Morrison, Dorilus — Legislator Record". Minnesota Legislative Reference Library.
  3. ^ "Career of Dorilus Morrison". Minnesota Election Trends.
  4. ^ "A History of Minneapolis: Banking and Finance". Minneapolis Public Library ( 2001. Archived from the original on June 16, 2002.
  5. ^ "Dorilus Morrison (1814-1898)". Find A Grave.
Political offices
New title Mayor of Minneapolis
1867 – 1868
Succeeded by
Hugh G. Harrison
Preceded by
Hugh G. Harrison
Mayor of Minneapolis
1869 – 1870
Succeeded by
Eli B. Ames