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Cameron Morrison Papers

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Morrison (Cameron) Papers

Cameron Morrison papers

Summary Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte
Morrison, Cameron, 1869-1953
Cameron Morrison papers
Date [inclusive]
15.0 Linear inches

Preferred Citation note

Cameron Morrison Papers. J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Biographical/Historical note

Cameron Morrison was born in Rockingham, in Richmond co., 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. He moved to Charlotte in 1892 and made that city his home until his death in 1953.

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. As it happened, Morrison left the Republican Party the following year and joined the ranks of the Democrats. From 1898 to 1900, Morrison achieved recognition of the "Red Shirt" movement--a group of ruffians whose goals were to harass Republican candidates, as well as Black voters.

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 grand 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.

Concerning race relations, Morrison's views were shaped by the traditonal social environment in which he lived, though he did make genuine efforts to improve conditions for African-Americans. He established the North Carolina Commission on Interracial Co-operation, and he also staunchly opposed lynching and dispatched troops to any area where it appeared that racial violence may have emerged. In the last three and a half years of his term, there were no lynchings in North Carolina.

Morrison later won an election to the US Senate, though he is mostly remembered for his terms as governor.

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

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

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Scope and Contents note

A miscellaneous assortment of papers from Cameron Morrison.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte 2010

9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC, 28223

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use note

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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift, Cameron Morrison, 21 June 2002.

Processing Information note

Processed by Robert McInnes, 2010.

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)

  • North Carolina--History--20th century
  • North Carolina--Politics and government--1865-1950

Personal Name(s)

  • Morrison, Cameron, 1869-1953 -- Archives


  • Governors--North Carolina
  • Legislators--United States

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Collection Inventory

Folder item

Pass, issued by the US Secretary of State, guaranteeing safe passage for George W. Watts 1906 April 21 

Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Watts, George Washington, 1851-1921


  • Passes (Transportation)
Portfolio 1

Letter to Mrs. George W. Watts 1921 December 21 

Portfolio 2

Wedding invitation for the wedding on Angelia Lawrence Morrison October 6 

Portfolio 3

Dr. McGeachy's Invocation, Delivered at the Opening of Governor Morrison's Inaugural Ceremony 1921 January 12 

Portfolio 4

Presidential appointment made by Franklin Roosevelt to Cameron Morrison as an American member of the International Commission to Estonia. 1929 August 27 

Portfolio 5

Letter from Tyre Taylor, concerning Morrison's 10 year plan 1931 July 16 

Portfolio 6

Letter from Morrison to Tyre Taylor concerning Morrison's 10 year plan 1931 July 18 

Portfolio 7

Tyre Taylor's article concerning Morrison's 10 year plan 1931 July 19 

Portfolio 8
Box Folder item


Scope and Contents note

"To his excellency The governor of North Carolina with every good wish, A. J. Bouley[?], Brigadier General, US Army

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