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MORRIS, GEORGE W.

MORRIS, GEORGE W. (?–?). George W. Morris, early Texas printer and newspaperman, was in San Augustine in 1840, when he worked with Alanson Wyllys Canfield on the Journal and Advertiser (later the San Augustine Red-Lander). In 1841 Morris established the Austin Rambler. The newspaper was to begin publication in March 1841; Morris, however, was still advertising for contributors and patrons a month later, and it is unclear whether the paper ever really got under way before William Carleton took it over. Morris may have gone on the Texan Santa Fe expedition later in 1841. Possibly he was the George W. Morris, a Texas veteran born about 1815, who died in Galveston on November 13, 1877. The 1850 census listed a George W. Morris living in Tyler County, aged thirty-four and originally from Louisiana.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 
Joe B. Frantz, Newspapers of the Republic of Texas (M.A. thesis, University of Texas, 1940). Louis Wiltz Kemp Papers, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin. Douglas C. McMurtrie, "Pioneer Printing in Texas," Southwestern Historical Quarterly 35 (January 1932).

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