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.
|1st and 3rd Mayor of Minneapolis|
April 13, 1869 – April 12, 1870
|Preceded by||Hugh G. Harrison|
|Succeeded by||Eli B. Ames|
February 26, 1867 – April 14, 1868
|Preceded by||Position Established|
|Succeeded by||Hugh G. Harrison|
|Member of the Minnesota Senate|
from the 5th district
January 5, 1864 – January 1, 1866
|Preceded by||Rufus J. Baldwin|
|Succeeded by||Curtis H. Pettit|
|Born||December 27, 1814|
|Died||June 26, 1897 (aged 82)|
|Resting place||Lakewood Cemetery|
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).
In 1863, Morrison was elected to represent the 5th district in the Minnesota State Senate and served from 1864 to 1865. 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.
Morrison supported the initial construction of the Northern Pacific Railroad along with William Washburn, George A. Brackett, William S. King and others. When the Northwestern National Bank of Minneapolis was chartered in 1872, Morrison was its first president. 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.
- ^a No specific record of the vote exists, only the result.
- Atwater, Isaac, ed. (1893). History of the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Part II. New York: Munsell & Company. pp. 614–618.
- "Morrison, Dorilus — Legislator Record". Minnesota Legislative Reference Library.
- "Career of Dorilus Morrison". Minnesota Election Trends.
- "A History of Minneapolis: Banking and Finance". Minneapolis Public Library (mpls.lib.mn.us). 2001. Archived from the original on June 16, 2002.
- "Dorilus Morrison (1814-1898)". Find A Grave.
|New title|| Mayor of Minneapolis
1867 – 1868
Hugh G. Harrison
Hugh G. Harrison
| Mayor of Minneapolis
1869 – 1870
Eli B. Ames