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John Torrey Morse


1840   -   1937

country of citizenship: United States of America
languages spoken, written or signed: English
educated at: Harvard University
occupation: historian, biographer, politician, lawyer
position held: member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives

John Torrey Morse (1840–1937) was an American historian and biographer. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 9, 1840, and lived in that city as a lawyer. Morse was the editor of the American Statesmen Series and published a biography of Alexander Hamilton in two volumes, considered his most significant work. He also wrote biographies of John and John Quincy Adams, Jefferson, Lincoln, Franklin, and Dr. Holmes. Morse also authored A Treatise on the Law of Banks and Banking, The Law of Arbitration and Award, and Famous Trials.
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