12 March 2013

Hon. R. G. Morris, a Biographical Sketch

Source: Georgia and Florida Biographies [database on-line].
Original Data from Biographical Souvenir of the States of Georgia and Florida,
Containing Biographical Sketches of the Representative Public, and many
Early Settled Families in These States
. F. A. Battey & Company, 1889.
Transcribed by S. Lincecum about 2006.

Hon. Robert G. Morris, a prominent merchant of Georgetown, Ga, was born in Houston County, Ga, October 17, 1828. His father, Hansil Morris, was born in Pulaski County, Ga, in 1801. He afterward removed to Houston County, where he lived until 1832, when he removed to what is now Clay County, and January 18, 1852, died in Randolph County. He was by occupation a farmer, and one who made life a success. His wife, whose maiden name was Adalissa Goode, was born in Twiggs County, Ga, in 1815, and died in Quitman, January 18, 1862. She had borne her husband twelve children, of whom the subject of this sketch is the eldest.

Robert G. Morris followed farming until 1860, when he was appointed agent for the Central Railroad Company at Morris Station, a station on his land named for him and which still retains the name. In 1862 he removed to Georgetown, Ga, and was agent for the railroad company at that place until 1867, when he resigned his position and turned his attention to the mercantile business, which he has followed very successfully ever since at Georgetown. In 1859-60 he represented Quitman County in the legislature, and was the first member of that body from Quitman County after its organization. In 1866 he was appointed revenue collector for southern Georgia, and served in that capacity one year, when he resigned. In 1872 he was elected sheriff of Quitman County, and served until 1884. He is now postmaster at Georgetown, and has been since 1875. In 1888 he was appointed county judge of Quitman County, and is the present incumbent of that office. Mr. Morris is a self-made man in every respect and is regarded by his people as a good christian gentleman. He is kind hearted, a liberal contributor to the church and poor, is public spirited and energetic, and a man who is worthy of the esteem of any community. March 6, 1853, he married Miss Alethia M. Dozier, daughter of Richard and Susan (Fuller) Dozier, of Randolph County, Ga. To this union have been born five children, viz: Benjamin F. A., Alva H., Fannie E., Susie A. and Robert L. Mr. Morris is a member of the Methodist Church. It is almost needless to say that Mr. Morris is a Democrat.

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