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MORHISER, Philip C. (Baltimore, MD, May 11, 1812--Unknown) The son of J. P. and Mary M. (Fogelson) Morhiser, Philip came with his parents to Dubuque, Iowa, in 1836. Philip was chief of police for four years. He afterward became a member of the city council and president of the board of town trustees, and after that received the appointment of city marshal. In 1861 he had charge of a force of detectives employed in the custom house for the government.

In 1863 Morhiser was made captain of company G, 8th Iowa cavalry. During the CIVIL WAR, was wounded in the head at the battle of Noonan. He and his company were captured; taken to Macon, Georgia, and then to Charleston, South Carolina; and there paroled. He was chief of police on patrol under General Thomas at Nashville, and in the fall of 1865was mustered out at Clinton, Iowa.

During 1867 and 1868 he was again marshal of Dubuque. In the fall of 1869 Morhiser moved to Springfield, Missouri, sold goods for a year, and served as a member of the city council from the first ward. He was married November, 1834, in Baltimore to Miss Amelia Buch. They had seven children, six girls and one boy.



History of Greene County, Missouri, St. Louis: Western Historical Company, 1883. Online: http://files.usgwarchives.net/mo/greene/bios/m6260008.txt