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Cameron Morrison papers

Identifier: MS0291

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of an assortment of papers from Cameron Morrison, including correspondence and speeches.


  • 1906 - 1935


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

Cameron Morrison was born in Rockingham, in Richmond County, North Carolina, on October 5, 1869. After matriculating through public schools in Rockingham, he later moved to Greensboro and read the law under the supervision of Judge Robert P. Dick. In 1892 he was licensed to practice law in North Carolina.

In politics, he was at first a member of the Republican Party, apparently as the result of his father's influence, who was a staunch Republican throughout his life. Cameron Morrison won his first elected position in 1890 when he was only 20 years old--that of the Executive Committee of the Republican Party in North Carolina. Morrison left the Republican Party the following year and joined the ranks of the Democrats. He served as mayor of Rockingham in the mid-1890s and won a seat in the state senate in 1900. From 1898 to 1900, Morrison achieved recognition as a member of the the "Red Shirt" movement--a vigilante group that harassed Republican candidates and intimidated black voters. He moved to Charlotte in 1905 and remained in that city until his death in 1953.

Morrison was elected governor in the fall of 1920 and was inaugurated on January 12, 1921. Soon after entering the governor's office, he intiated two plans: one to significantly improve the state's highway system. This he achieved by intiating a $50 million bond issue, and by expanding the State Highway Commission's powers. Morrison's second program was to become North Carolina's education governor. In addition to significantly increasing expenditures for education, he also spent large sums of money on other public institutions, such as mental hospitals, reformatories and sanatoria. His last agenda item--to increase port facilities and expand railroad mileage in the eastern part of the state, was defeated in a referendum by a public that was becoming increasingly alarmed by the state's burgeoning debt.

As governor, Morrison established the North Carolina Commission on Interracial Co-operation and opposed lynching, dispatching troops to areas where racial violence may have emerged.

Morrison later won an election to the US Senate, where he served from 1930-1933. Additionally, he served as a US Congressman in the House of Representatives from 1943-1945.

Morrison died while vacationing in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada on August 20, 1953.

Source: Powell, William S., "Dictionary of North Carolina Biography."


1.25 Linear Feet

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Cameron Morrison was governor of North Carolina from 1921 to 1925. The collection primarily consists of correspondence and speeches.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Cameron Morrison, 21 June 2002.

Processing Information

Processed by Robert McInnes, 2010.

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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

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Charlotte 28223 United Stated

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