Appointment of Richard B. Morris as a Member of the Permanent Committee for the Oliver Wendell Holmes Devise

September 17, 1985

The President today announced his intention to appoint Richard B. Morris to be a member of the Permanent Committee for the Oliver Wendell Holmes Devise for a term of 8 years. He will succeed Philip B. Kurland.

Dr. Morris is the Gouverneur Morris professor emeritus of history at Columbia University. Prior to teaching at Columbia, he was a professor at City University. He was a visiting professor at the University of Hawaii and Princeton University; a distinguished professor at the Free University of Berlin; and a Fulbright research scholar at the Sorbonne. He has served as president of the American Historical Association and of the Society of American Historians. He received a New York State special citation for historic preservation in 1982.

He graduated from City College of New York (A.B., 1924), Columbia University (A.M., Ph.D., 1925, 1930), and Hebrew Union College (L.H.D., 1963). He received his Litt.D. in 1976 from Columbia University and Rutgers University. He is married, has two children, and resides in Mount Vernon, NY. He was born July 24, 1904, in New York City.