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John M. Morin

John Mary Morin (April 18, 1868 – March 3, 1942) was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives for Pennsylvania.


Morin was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but moved with his parents to Pittsburgh. He began working in a glass factory in 1882, and was employed in steel mills until 1885. In 1889, he moved to Missoula, Montana and engaged in mercantile pursuits, during which time he took a night course at the Haskins' Business College in Missoula. After graduating from college in 1892, he returned to Pittsburgh and became engaged in the hotel business. He became a director of the in 1910. He served as a member of the Pittsburgh Common Council from 1904 to 1906. He was a delegate to the Republican State conventions from 1905 to 1912, and director of Public Safety in Pittsburgh from 1909 to 1913.

Morin was elected in 1912 as a Republican to the 63rd United States Congress, and served eight terms. He was Chairman of the United States House Committee on Military Affairs in the 69th and 70th Congresses. He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1928. He was appointed a commissioner of United States Employees' Compensation Commission in Washington, D.C., and served from 1928 until his death at age 73.

A long-time member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, he served as Grand Worthy (International) President of the fraternity in 1920-21. He died in Marine Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland, and was interred in Calvary Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[1]

Anecdotes about Morin, and correspondence by his family during World War II, can be found in a book written by his grandson, Love and War as Never Before.[2][self-published source?]


  1. ^ John M. Morin at Find a Grave
  2. ^ Morin, George Wilson (2010). Love & war as never before: World War II through the eyes of a young boy and in the letters of a loving family. United States: Xlibris. ISBN 9781456801083.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's at-large congressional district

1913–1915 alongside:
Anderson H. Walters, Fred E. Lewis, Arthur R. Rupley
Succeeded by
At-large: Thomas S. Crago, John R. K. Scott, Daniel F. Lafean, Mahlon M. Garland
Preceded by
James F. Burke
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 31st congressional district

Succeeded by
Adam M. Wyant
Preceded by
At-large: William J. Burke, Thomas S. Crago, Joseph McLaughlin, Anderson H. Walters
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 34th congressional district

Succeeded by
Patrick J. Sullivan