LaSalle County Sheriff Lawrence Morrissey

1886 – 1890

Lawrence Morrissey, who for ten years has served the county as superintendent of the Asylum, has resided in La Salle county for sixty years, having come here in 1853, as a lad of eight years, his birth having occurred in Ireland in 1844. The following year, the parents, James and Mary (Cadogan) Morrissey, came to America, remaining in Vermont till coming to Illinois. At seventeen Lawrence enlisted in the 90th Illinois volunteer regiment, being sergeant of Company H when mustered out in 1865. He received a wound at Missionary Ridge, but soon resumed his place and marched with Sherman to the sea, and on to Washington, carrying the regimental colors at the head of his ragged comrades in the most remarkable military review known in America, if not in the world. In 1886 he was chosen Sheriff, and for twelve years was so serving, or as deputy to his successor.

Ten years ago Mr. Morrissey was made Warden of the La Salle County Asylum, Mrs. Morrissey was named Matron.  She takes unusual interest in the work, and the old people, who, by force of adversity, must make their home at the asylum, are given every attention by Mrs. Morrissey, and they all show her the greatest respect.

It is no more than fair to Mr. And Mrs. Morrissey to say that their administration has been characterized with excellent judgment, careful business management, the inmates being given better care and attention, and greater economy in expenditures, results being best shown in the satisfaction of the board, which has found in Mr. Morrissey and wife most efficient and trustworthy managers. Mrs. Morrissey was formerly Miss Maria McGuire, who has resided in the county since early childhood.

Their children are five daughters–Mrs. Joseph Pierce, Mrs. H. M. Kelley, Katherine, Laura and Gertie.  Mr. Morrissey does nothing in a half-hearted way, even his political views being of the most decided. Ever a staunch Republican, he has adhered with tenacity to the old party despite all the seductive arguments of the so-called Progressives, and all the inducements of old friends to have him join in the new movement falling upon unsympathetic ears.

Article furnished by the LaSalle County Genealogy Guild