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Clarence W. Morris


Date Party Office Votes Result
11-07-1916 Republican AD-30 5423 Win
11-05-1918 Republican AD-30 4144 Win
11-02-1920 Republican AD-30 7014 Win
11-07-1922 Republican AD-30 6330 Win

Candidate Biography:

Born: 1888
Died: May 10, 1965 in San Francisco, CA

1919-1921: Speaker pro Tem, California State Assembly
1921: Candidate for San Francisco County Police Judge (Lost)
1926: Campaign Headquarters Director, Frank Merriam for Lt. Governor campaign
1948–1950: Member, California Judicial Council
1948–1950: Judge, San Francisco County Municipal Court
1950-1964: Judge, San Francisco County Superior Court

  • LEGISLATION: Morris was the author of the Morris Act (1921), "which allowed a cemetery to be abandoned if ratified by a majority of lot owners." He also authored the Second Morris Act (1923), "authorizing municipalities to enact ordinances requiring the removal of bodies under 'police power' in cemeteries where burial had been prohibited by law for a certain number of years." Source: Encyclopedia of San Francisco
  • On April 16, 1952, Judge Morris became ill during a court session and was rushed to a hospital where it was discovered that his appendix had ruptured.
  • In 1950, Morris issued a ruling in a case that employees were entitled to time off (without penalty) to vote in a general election. The employees had sued after having their pay docked when they left their jobs for two hours to vote in the 1948 General Election.

Source: "Judge Stricken in Court" Napa Valley Register, Volume 160, Number 125, 16 April 1952
Source: "Retired Judge Dies" Santa Cruz Sentinel, Volume 109, Number 111, 11 May 1965
Source: "Judge Rules Worker Gets Voting Time!" Organized Labor, Volume 51, Number 11, 10 March 1950