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Selected Profiles of Massachusetts Judges and Lawyers

Courtesy of the Social Law Library, Boston

Robert Morris

The son and grandson of Massachusetts slaves who were freed in 1783 by the decision in Commonwealth v. Jennison, Morris was the second African American to be admitted to practice law in Massachusetts. Tutored by his mentor, the abolitionist lawyer, Ellis Gray Loring, Morris was admitted to the Suffolk bar on February 2, 1847. Morris became a gifted and successful trial lawyer, representing fugitive slaves and civil rights causes, as well as white and black clients in traditional legal matters.

See also:
Slavery, Shadrach Minkins
Education: Sarah Roberts





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