Edward Joy Morris

Edward Joy Morris (July 16, 1815 – December 31, 1881) was a Whig and Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.


Morris was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He attended the common schools and the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia. He graduated from Harvard University in 1836, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1842 and practiced in Philadelphia. He was a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1841 to 1843. He was elected as a Whig to the Twenty-eighth Congress. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1844.

He served as Chargé d'Affaires to Naples from January 20, 1850, to August 26, 1853. (In a book, he mentioned Petar II Petrović-Njegoš paying him a visit in Naples in 1851). He was a member of the board of directors of Girard College in Philadelphia, and again a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1856.

Morris was elected as a Republican to the Thirty-fifth, Thirty-sixth, and Thirty-seventh Congresses and served until his resignation. He was appointed Minister Resident to Turkey and served from June 8, 1861, to October 25, 1870.[1] He died in Philadelphia in 1881. Interment in Laurel Hill Cemetery.[2]


  1. ^ "Abraham Lincoln Orders Seal Affixed to His Appointment of the Arabist Edward Joy Morris as Minister Resident to Turkey". Shapell Manuscript Collection. Shapell Manuscript Foundation.
  2. ^ "Edward Joy Morris". www.findagrave.com. Retrieved July 10, 2020.


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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Charles Brown
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
Lewis C. Levin
Preceded by
Job R. Tyson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by
Charles J. Biddle
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
John Rowan
United States Ambassador (as Chargé d'Affaires) to the Two Sicilies
Succeeded by
Robert Dale Owen