|Member of the|
U.S. House of Representatives
March 4, 1877 – March 3, 1885
|Preceded by||Josiah Gardner Abbott|
|Succeeded by||Edward D. Hayden|
|Constituency||4th district (1877–83)|
5th district (1883–85)
March 4, 1887 – March 3, 1889
|Preceded by||Ambrose Ranney|
|Succeeded by||John F. Andrew|
|Born||August 15, 1831|
Wachenheim, Bavaria, German Confederation
|Died||December 15, 1892 (aged 61)|
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Morse was born in Wachenheim, Bavaria, in the German Confederation, the son of Charlotte (Mehlinger) and Jacob Morse. His family was Jewish. He attended the common schools in Wachenheim. He immigrated to the United States in 1849 and resided for about a year in Sandwich, New Hampshire.
He moved to Boston, Massachusetts and worked in a clothing store, which he later purchased and operated until his death.
Morse was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1876 and 1880. He was an unsuccessful Democratic candidate in 1870 and 1872 for election to the Forty-second and Forty-third Congresses. The Boston Globe later noted that "few men step, as he did, from private station, immediately upon the floor of Congress, and he [had] never gone before the people except as a candidate for membership in that body". He was elected to the Forty-fifth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1877 - March 3, 1885). He served as chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of the Navy (Forty-eighth Congress). He declined to accept a renomination in 1884. Morse was elected president of the Post Publishing Co. publisher of The Boston Post, in that year. He returned to elected office as a Representative to the Fiftieth Congress (March 4, 1887 - March 3, 1889). He served as chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Expenditures in the Department of State for the Congress.
Morse was not a candidate for renomination in 1888. He resumed business activities, and died in Boston on December 15, 1892.