Cameron A. Morrison

49th Governor of the State of North Carolina - 1921 to 1925

Date Born: October 5, 1869

Date Died: August 20, 1953

Place Born: Richmond County, NC

Place Buried: Elmwood Cemetery in Charlotte, NC

Residence: Rockingham, NC and Charlotte, NC

Occupation: Lawyer


Cameron A. Morrison was born on October 5, 1869 near Rockingham in Richmond County, NC, the son of Daniel Morrison and Martha (Cameron) Morrison. Educated in the public schools in Ellerbe Springs and Rockingham, Morrison did not attend college but in 1892 studied law with Judge Robert P. Dick of Greensboro. The same year he passed the North Carolina bar and returned to Rockingham to practice law.

In 1896, Cameron A. Morrison lost in his initial bid for the NC Senate.

From 1898 to 1900, Cameron A. Morrison served as Democratic Chairman of Richmond County, and as Mayor of the county seat of Rockingham.

In 1901, Cameron A. Morrison was elected as one of two men to represent the NC 23rd Senate District (Anson County, Montgomery County, Richmond County, Scotland County, an Union County) in the NC Senate of the:
- 94th General Assembly that met in 1901

In 1902, Cameron A Morrison ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. House of Representatives from the 7th District.

In 1905, Cameron A. Morrison moved to Charlotte to practice law there, and often served as platform chair for state Democratic conventions. Also in 1905, he married Charlotte "Lottie" May Tomlinson, daughter of Samuel Finley Tomlinson and Angeline J. Lawrence of Durham, NC; of their four children, only their daughter Angelia survived infancy. Lottie Morrison died in 1919, on the eve of his gubernatorial bid.

In the 1920 general election, Cameron A Morrison was elected by the people as the next Governor of North Carolina. He served one term from January 12, 1921 to January 14, 1925. During Gov. Morrison’s administration the state assumed operation of the orthopedic hospital at Gastonia and elevated the North Carolina College for Negroes in Durham (now N.C. Central University) to four-year status.

Gov. Morrison also pressed for better roads. With his backing and grassroots organization, the 1921 legislature enacted an act providing for a $50 million bond issue (followed in 1923 by an additional $15 million). To be financed by receipts from automobile and gasoline taxes, the bonds funded construction of 5,500 miles of hard-surface roads.

While governor, on April 2, 1924, Cameron A. Morrison married a second time, to Sarah Virginia Ecker Watts, widow of Durham financier George Washington Watts, and originally from Syracuse, NY. In 1925, Morrison and his second wife returned to Charlotte and his “Morrocroft” estate, then under construction.

In 1930, Cameron A. Morrison was elected to represent North Carolina in the U.S. Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Lee S. Overman and served from December 13, 1930, until December 4, 1932.

In 1943, Cameron A. Morrison was elected to represent North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives and he served in the 78th U.S. Congress from January 3, 1943 to January 3, 1945.

After an unsuccessful 1944 U.S. senatorial bid, Cameron A. Morrison retired from public service.

Cameron A. Morrison died on August 20, 1953 while visiting Quebec, Canada, and he was later buried in the Elmwood Cemetery in Charlotte, NC.


Cameron A. Morrison (born on October 5, 1869, in Richmond County, North Carolina) was a Democratic governor of the U.S. state of North Carolina from 1921 to 1925. He was later called "the Good Roads governor" for his support of a modern highway system. Morrison also pushed for increased funds for public education, while also battling the teaching of the theory of evolution.

He was later appointed to serve as a United States Senator for the state of North Carolina (after the death of Lee S. Overman) between 1930 and 1932, but lost his seat in the Democratic primary runoff to Robert R. Reynolds.

Morrison was later elected to one term in the United States House of Representatives from 1943 to 1945. He again lost a Democratic primary for a U.S. Senate seat in 1944, to Clyde R. Hoey.

He died on August 20, 1953, in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.


Morrison, Cameron A., a Senator and a Representative from North Carolina; born near Rockingham, Richmond County, NC, October 5, 1869; attended private schools at Ellerbe Springs, NC, and at Rockingham; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1892 and commenced practice in Rockingham; mayor of Rockingham 1893; presidential elector at large in 1916; moved to Charlotte, NC, and continued the practice of law; Governor of North Carolina 1921-1925; member of the Democratic National Committee in 1928; appointed on December 13, 1930, as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Lee S. Overman and served from December 13, 1930, until December 4, 1932, when a duly elected successor qualified; was an unsuccessful candidate for election to fill the vacancy; resumed the practice of law; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-eighth Congress (January 3, 1943-January 3, 1945); again resumed the practice of his profession in Charlotte, N.C.; died in Quebec, Canada, on August 20, 1953; interment in Elmwood Cemetery, Charlotte, N.C.
Cameron A. Morrison, governor of North Carolina, was born near Rockingham, NC on October 5, 1869. His early education was attained in the local public schools and at McCaskill’s Academy. He later studied law, and in 1892 was admitted to the bar. Morrison first entered politics as mayor of Rockingham, a position he held in 1893. He also served as a member of the NC State Senate in 1901; and was a presidential elector in 1916. Morrison next secured the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, and was elected governor by a popular vote in the 1920 general election. During his tenure, funding was increased for educational advancements; mill strikes as well as a railroad strike were successfully dealt with; a b;ack juvenile delinquent school was established; and banking reform legislation was sanctioned. After leaving the governorship, Morrison continued to stay active in political career. He served as a member of the U.S. Senate from 1930 to 1932; and was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1943 to 1945. After an unsuccessful 1944 senatorial bid, Morrison retired from public service. Cameron A. Morrison passed away on August 20, 1953, and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery in Charlotte, NC.
Click Here to view/download an Adobe PDF file of the book, entitled "Public Papers and Letters of Cameron Morrison, Governor of North Carolina 1921-1925," published in 1927.

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