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Railway executive , Civil War officer

Thomas Armstrong Morris, American railway executive, Civil War officer.

Background

Morris, Thomas Armstrong was born on December 26, 1811 in Nicholas Company, Kentucky, United States. Son of Morris and Rachel (Morris) Morris.

Education

Learning printers’ trade, 1923-1926, at private school, 1926-1930. Graduate West Point, 1834.

Career

John Irwin, 1940. Breveted Second lieutenant 1st artillery, United States of America, 1834. Assigned, 1835, to assistant Major Ogden, of engineer corps, in constructing National road in Indiana and Illinois, having charge of division between Richmond and Indianapolis. Resigned from United States service.

Was resident engineer Indiana State service. Had charge construction Central Canal, was chief engineer Madison & Indianapolis R.R., superintended building it from Vernon to Indianapolis, 1841-1847. Chief engineer Terre Haute & Richmond R.R. and of Indianapolis & Bellefontaine R.R., 1847-1852.

Chief engineer Indianapolis & Cincinnati R.R., 1852-1854. President same, 1854-1857. President Indianapolis & Bellefontaine R.R., 1857-1859.

Chief engineer Indianapolis & Cincinnati R.R., 1859-1861. Planned and superintended construction of Union depot, Indianapolis, 1853. Appointed quartermaster general of Indiana by Governor Morton, 1861.

Had charge of one of 1st regts. of Indiana vols. General 1st brigade of troops that went from Indiana. Served in West Virginia campaign.

Commanded at and won battles of Philippi, Laurel Hill and Carrick’s Ford. Mustered out July 27, 1861. Chief engineer Indianapolis & Cincinnati R.R., 1862-1866.

President and chief engineer Indianapolis & St. Louis R.R., 1865-1869. Receiver Indianapolis, Cincinnati & Lafayette R.R., 1869-1872. One of commissioner to select plans and superintend construction new State Capitol, 1877.

President Indianapolis Water Company, from 1888. Life trustee Consumers’ Gas Trust Company Home: Indianapolis, Ind.

Connections

Married Elizabeth Rachel, d.

father:
Morris Morris

mother:
Rachel (Morris) Morris

spouse:
Elizabeth Rachel