Alexander L. Morrison Santa Fé County, New Mexico

Alexander L. Morrison, of Santa Fé, is one of the few American survivors of the Mexican war now residing in New Mexico. His life has been an active one. He was born in County Antrim, Ireland, in October 1832, and came to the United States in 1847. In New York City he enlisted in the Second New York Volunteers, was assigned to Colonel Burnett's regiment, and in January, 1848, left for Vera Cruz. The fighting in New "Mexico was practically at an end when his command arrived in that country, but he filled up his term of six months, being discharged in New Orleans in July, 1848. In 1851 he was married in Troy, New York, to Jane Clark, and a few days later removed to Chicago. He served in the Illinois legislature, voting for General John A. Logan for the United State senate. "During President Arthur's administration he was appointed United States marshal for New Mexico, and performed the duties of that office from 1882 until 1885. For two years he was engaged in the cattle business in Arizona. Soon after Harrison became president he appointed Mr. Morrison register of the United States land office in Santa Fé, which position he filled four years. At the beginning of McKinley's administration he was appointed United States collector of internal revenue, and filled that office in Santa Fé until he resigned in May, 1905. It is worthy of note that his office was one of four that stood first in the matter of conduct during his incumbency of the office, according to official reports. In November, 1905, Mr. Morrison became one of the founders of the Western Catholic Review, a monthly publication, issued from Prescott, Arizona. 

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Source: History of New Mexico, Its Resources and People, Volume II, Pacific States Publishing Co., 1907.

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