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Alexander Porter Morse, American lawyer.


Morse, Alexander Porter was born on October 19, 1842 in St. Martinsville, Louisiana, United States. Son of Isaac Edward and Margaretta Smith (Wederstrandt) Morse.


Student Mount St. Mary’s College, Emmittsburg, Maryland. Bachelor of Arts, Princeton, 1862 (honorary Doctor of Philosophy., 1885). Bachelor of Laws, Georgetown University, 1872.

Educated in English, French and Spanish.


Private Scott’s 1st Louisiana Cavalry, 1861-1862. Captain, adjunct and inspector general, Majors’ div., Green’s cavalry corps, C.S.A., 1863-1864. Admitted to bar, Washington, 1872.

Practiced before all courts of District of Columbia, exec, departments, and Supreme Court of the United States. Has been of counsel for citizens of the United States before several mixed (international) commissions of claims sitting in Washington, since 1880. Specialty—international and constitutional law.

Was of counsel before Electoral Commission (Tilden and Hayes), 1878. Also for State of Louisiana in several leading cases on constitutional law, in Supreme Court of the United States, and in “Insular Cases” before same court. Associate counsel for French Republic before French-American Claims Commission, 1881-1884.

Agent and counsel of the United States before commission to arbitrate claims of Venezuela Steam Transportation Company against Venezuela, 1894. Assistant attorney of the United States before Spanish Treaty Claims Commission, 1901-1902. Arbitrator under protocol between Hayti and United States in Van Bokkelen claim, May 24, 1888.

Author: Citizenship by Birth and Naturalization, 1881. Home: Washington, Distric.


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    • Author: Citizenship by Birth and Naturalization, 1881.


Married Ellen Clarke, April.

Isaac Edward Morse

Margaretta Smith (Wederstrandt) Morse

Ellen Clarke