Morrill, Amos (1809–1884)

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: April 1, 1995

Amos Morrill, judge, was born in Salisbury, Massachusetts, on August 25, 1809. He graduated from Bowdoin College in Maine in 1834. Afterwards he moved to Tennessee and taught at Murfreesboro for two years. He subsequently studied law in an attorney's office in Massachusetts. In 1838 he moved to Clarksville, Texas, to practice law. There he married Miranda A. Dickson on November 2, 1843. He moved to Austin in 1856 to become a law partner of Andrew J. Hamilton. Morrill's opposition to secession and his Unionist affiliations caused him to flee the state at the outbreak of the Civil War, but at the end of the war he returned to Austin and in 1868 was appointed chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court, a position he held for two years. In 1872 he was appointed judge of the United States District Court of the Eastern District of Texas in Galveston. He resigned in October 1883 and returned to Austin, where he died on March 5, 1884.

Harbert Davenport, History of the Supreme Court of the State of Texas (Austin: Southern Law Book Publishers, 1917). James D. Lynch, The Bench and Bar of Texas (St. Louis, 1885). Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.
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Anonymous, “Morrill, Amos,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed June 25, 2022,

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April 1, 1995