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Frank B. Morrison

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Frank B. Morrison
Gov. Frank Morrison.jpg
Gov. Frank Morrison, 1961
31st Governor of Nebraska
In office
January 5, 1961 – January 5, 1967
LieutenantDwight W. Burney
Philip C. Sorensen
Preceded byDwight W. Burney
Succeeded byNorbert T. Tiemann
Personal details
Frank Brenner Morrison

(1905-05-20)May 20, 1905
Golden, Colorado, U.S.
DiedApril 19, 2004(2004-04-19) (aged 98)
McCook, Nebraska, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materKansas State University

Frank Brenner Morrison (May 20, 1905 – April 19, 2004) was an American politician and attorney who served as the 31st Governor of Nebraska from 1961 to 1967, representing the Democratic Party.

Early life and education

Morrison was born in Golden, Colorado, and attended high school in Manhattan, Kansas. He graduated from Kansas State University in 1927. Accepting an invitation from an aunt, he moved to Lincoln, Nebraska and attended the University of Nebraska and earned a law degree in 1931.


Morrison began his career as a teacher, and was superintendent of schools in Farwell, Nebraska before establishing his legal practice in Stockville, Nebraska. He was elected Frontier County attorney in 1934.

Morrison was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1940, and chair of the Frontier County Democratic Party the same year.

He ran for the U.S. House of Representatives twice in 1948 and 1954 and United States Senate in 1958, 1966 and 1970 but lost all five elections. He was defeated by Roman L. Hruska in 1958 and 1970 and Carl T. Curtis in 1966.

Morrison secured the Democratic nomination for Governor of Nebraska and won the general election in 1960. He won reelection in 1962 and also in 1964.[1] During his governorship, he worked to improve the University, particularly the scientific research and the agricultural departments, a state employees' retirement plan was initiated, a state income tax was sanctioned, and the state's accounting system was restructured. He signed legislation for Educational Television which led to the establishment of the statewide public television network, an act he said was his most important.[2]

After leaving office, Morrison was appointed in 1968 as food consultant for the U.S. Agency for International Development in India. From 1971 to 1974 he was the Douglas County public defender.

Morrison was the driving force behind the construction of the Great Platte River Road Archway Monument in Kearney, Nebraska. A bust of his face can be seen at the entrance to the monument. The Great Platte River Road Archway Monument gained fame by being featured in the movie About Schmidt with Jack Nicholson. On July 16, 2000, he dedicated the 50,000 square-foot building that arches over Interstate 80.[3]

Morrison wrote an autobiography, My Journey Through the Twentieth Century in 2001. He was a confidant of both Lyndon B. Johnson and John F. Kennedy, and was summoned to the White House immediately after JFK was assassinated.

Personal life

He married Maxine Elizabeth Hepp in 1936 and they had three children, Frank Jr, David Jon, and Jean Marie.

Morrison died in 2004 of cancer in the McCook Community Hospital, McCook, Nebraska, one month short of his 99th birthday. He was cremated.[4]

His son, Frank B. Morrison Jr. (1937–2006) was a justice of the Montana Supreme Court. His grandson, John Morrison, is a former State Auditor of Montana and was a 2006 Senate candidate.

See also


  1. ^ "Frank B. Morrison". National Governors Association. Retrieved 7 October 2012.
  2. ^ "Frank B. Morrison". Deathwatch Central. Archived from the original on 22 November 2011. Retrieved 7 October 2012.
  3. ^ "Frank B. Morrison". Deathwatch Central. Archived from the original on 22 November 2011. Retrieved 7 October 2012.
  4. ^ "Frank B. Morrison". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 7 October 2012.

External links

Political offices
Preceded by
Dwight W. Burney
Governor of Nebraska
Succeeded by
Norbert T. Tiemann
Party political offices
Preceded by
James F. Green
Democratic nominee for
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Nebraska

Succeeded by
Raymond Arndt
Preceded by
Ralph G. Brooks
Democratic nominee for
Governor of Nebraska

1960, 1962, 1964
Succeeded by
Philip C. Sorensen
Preceded by
Robert B. Conrad
Democratic nominee for
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Nebraska

Succeeded by
Terry Carpenter
Preceded by
Raymond Arndt
Democratic nominee for
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Nebraska

Succeeded by
Edward Zorinsky
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