TOBY MORRIS 1899 – 1973

MORRIS, Toby, a Representative from Oklahoma; born inĀ Granbury, Hood County, Texas, February 28, 1899; [ed note: grandson of Burr Morris] moved to what was then Comanche County, Oklahoma, in 1906 and to Walters, Cotton County, Oklahoma, in 1913; attended the public schools, leaving high school in his senior year, during the First World War, to enlist in the United States Army; served successively as private, corporal, and sergeant with the 110th Combat Engineers, attached to the 35th Division, from October 1917 to May 1919; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1920; court clerk of Cotton County, Oklahoma, 1921-1925 and prosecuting attorney 1925-1929; began the private practice of law in Walters, Oklahoma, in 1929; district judge of the 21st judicial district of Oklahoma from 1937 to 1946; elected as a Democrat to the 80th and to the two succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1947-January 3, 1953); was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1952 to the 83rd Congress; district judge of the 5th judicial district of Oklahoma from January 1955 to December 1956; elected to the 85th and to the 86th Congresses (January 3, 1957-January 3, 1961); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1960 to the 87th Congress; judge, Oklahoma State Industrial Court, July 1, 1961, to July 17, 1963; district judge for the State of Oklahoma, retiring in January 1971; resided in Lawton, Oklahoma, where he died September 1, 1973; interment in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

The Carl Albert Center Congressional Archives, University of Oklahoma, holds the Toby Morris Collection, 1946-1960, on his congressional career.