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Edwin Porch Morrow papers
1913-1940, 1913-1935 (bulk dates)
University of Kentucky Special CollectionsLexington, Kentucky 40506
Collection is open for research.
[Identification of item], Edwin Porch Morrow papers, 1913-1940, 1913-1935 (bulk dates), 1VF67M148, Special Collections, University of Kentucky.
Kentucky governor, U.S. District Attorney. Morrow, a native of Somerset, Kentucky, was a member of a Republican family which included another elected governor of Kentucky (William O. Bradley, Morrow's uncle, who served from 1895 to 1899) and an unsuccessful gubernatorial candidate (Morrow's father, Thomas, who lost in 1883 to J. Proctor Knott). Morrow graduated from Centre College and received a law degree from the universities of Cincinnati and Kentucky. He was also a veteran of the Spanish-American War. After serving as city attorney in Somerset, he was appointed U.S. District Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky. After unsuccessful races for the U.S. Senate and the governorship in 1913 and 1915, respectively, Morrow defeated James D. Black in 1919 for the governorship. Upon leaving office, Morrow became a member of the U.S. Railroad Labor Board of Mediation. He lost a race for a Congressional nomination in 1934, and died a year later in Frankfort.
The papers contain speeches by Morrow and clippings about his career. The speeches (in typescript form) include his inaugural address, a lecture on Abraham Lincoln, and campaign talks (including radio scripts) for candidates such as Herbert Hoover. There are a few letters and one photograph (seemingly related to Morrow's campaign). The remainder of the papers contain newspaper articles about Governor Morrow and speeches published in pamphlet form. There is also a typed draft of Chapter 10 of Willard R. Jillson's biography of Morrow. Most of the items are also available on microfilm (1F63M-581).