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  Morehouse, Albert P.
NameAlbert P. Morehouse
, Missouri , United States
Born July 11, 1835
DiedSeptember 23, 1891 (56 years)
ContributorThomas Walker
Last ModifedRBH
Mar 14, 2009 11:08am
InfoAlbert Pickett Morehouse was Missouri Governor from 1887 to 1889.

Morehouse was born in Delaware County, Ohio and moved to Maryville, Missouri in 1856. He was admitted to the bar and began practice in Montgomery County, Iowa.

At the beginning of the American Civil War, he moved back to Graham, Missouri where he taught school. He joined with the Missouri State Militia in November 1861 consisting of residents of Nodaway County, Missouri. While camped in Lafayette County, Missouri he met his future wife Mattie McFadden.

After the war he formed a law practice with Amos Graham. In 1872 he founded the Nodaway Democrat which would become the Maryville Daily Forum.

He was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in 1876 defeating H.M. Jackson by 197 votes. He was to actively pursue legislation to establish a Normal school in Maryville that eventually would result in Northwest Missouri State University locating in the town.

He was elected to the state house again in 1872 and was elected Missouri Lieutenant Governor in 1884.

As Lieutenant Governor Morehouse assumed office on December 28, 1887 upon the death of John S. Marmaduke. He was in office for slightly more than a year when David R. Francis was elected to become governor.

Morehouse returned to Maryville where he had a real estate business with Nat Sission.

Morehouse died on September 23, 1891. After rupturing a blood vessel in his brain from an accident while herding cattle, Morehouse became delirious and didn't know what he was doing. He committed suicide by cutting his own throat with a pocket knife two days after the accident.

He is interred in Oak Hill Cemetery in Maryville.

The City of Morehouse, Missouri is named for him. David R. Francis defeated him for the Democratic nomination in governor in 1888.


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  08/22/1888 MO Governor - D Convention Lost 28.39% (-41.54%)
  12/28/1887 MO Governor - Succession Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/04/1884 MO Lt. Governor Won 52.74% (+6.74%)