US Con COL -Morrison, William Ralls - U.S. Congressman, IL

William Ralls Morrison:
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Born: September 14, 1824
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Birthplace: Prairie du Long Illinois
Father: John Morrison 1800 – 1872
(Buried: Waterloo City Cemetery Waterloo Illinois)
Mother: Ann Ralls 1803 – 1846

Wife: Eleanora Horan – 1904
(Buried: Waterloo City Cemetery Waterloo Illinois)



Political Party: Democratic Party



Education:
Attended McKendree College

Occupation before War:
Served in the Mexican – American War
1849 – 1851: Participated in California Gold Rush
1852 – 1854: Clerk of Monroe County Illinois Circuit Court
1854 – 1860: Illinois State Representative
1855 – 1861: Attorney in Waterloo Illinois
1856: Illinois Delegate to Democratic Party National Convention

Civil War Career:
1861: Helped organize 49th​ Illinois Infantry Regiment
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1861 – 1863: Colonel of 49th​ Illinois Infantry Regiment
1862: Served in the Expedition to Fort Henry Tennessee
1862: Served in the Battle of Fort Donelson Tennessee
1862: Knocked off his horse during Battle of Fort Donelson
1863: Resigned from the Union Army on December 13th​
1863 – 1865: United States Congressman from Illinois
1863 – 1865: Member of House Militia Committee
1864: Unsuccessful Candidate for reelection to U.S. Congress
1865: Voted against the 13th​ Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

Occupation after War:
1865 – 1873: Attorney in Waterloo Illinois
1866: Illinois Delegate to Union National Convention
1868: Illinois Delegate to Democratic Party National Convention
1873 – 1887: United States Congressman from Illinois
1873 – 1875: Ranking Member House State Department Expenditures
1873 – 1875: Member of House War Claims Committee
1875 – 1877: Chairman of House Ways and Means Committee
1877 – 1879: Chairman of House Public Lands Committee
1877 – 1879: Member of House Pacific Railroad Committee
1879 – 1881: Chairman House Treasury Department Expenditures
1879 – 1883: Member of House Ways and Means Committee
1880: Received 62 votes for Democratic Presidential Nomination
1881 – 1883: Member House Election of President and Vice President
1883 – 1887: Chairman of House Ways and Means Committee
1884: Illinois Delegate to Democratic Party National Convention
1885: Unsuccessful Candidate for United States Senator
1885 – 1887: Member of House Rules Committee
1886: Unsuccessful Candidate for reelection to U.S. Congress
1887 – 1892: Member of Interstate Commerce Commission
1888: Illinois Delegate to Democratic Party National Convention
1892 – 1897: Chairman of Interstate Commerce Commission
1897 – 1909: Attorney in Waterloo Illinois


Died:
September 29, 1909
Place of Death: Waterloo Illinois
Age at time of Death: 85 years old
Burial Place: Waterloo City Cemetery Waterloo Illinois
 
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Location
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That assault on Fort Donelson where Morrison was knocked off his horse was actually a wounding in the hip prior to his falling from the horse. He was leading a joint charge with a Col.Isaham Haynie(48th Illinois). Haynie's regiment had been attached to Morrison's along with a third regiment for an assault on the Fort. This was ordered by General John A. McClernand. Haynie out ranked Morrison but agreed to a joint command. After his wounding sole command went to Haynie. Morrison never returned to the field and resigned his commission on Dec. 13, 1863.
 
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