Robert Burren Morgan, American politician, Died at 90

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Robert Burren Morgan was born on October 5, 1925, in Lillington, North Carolina and died on July 16, 2016.

He was a Democratic former United States Senator from the state of North Carolina.

This was a position that he filled for a single term from 1975 until 1981.

He attended Lillington public schools and later East Carolina College and Wake Forest University School of Law.

His political career started early when political leaders in his home county of Harnett County, including highly respected Democratic stalwart Veneble Baggett, visited him at the Wake Forest Law School and urged him to run for Clerk of Court.

When he did he became elected.

When he gained his reputation in that office, he went into the private practice of law.

Robert Burren Morgan skill as a trial lawyer caused his practice to grow, and he soon established a reputation that extended across the state. `

He took up Personal injury, real property, and anti-trust law was his specialties.

Following that, Robert Burren Morgan ran for the North Carolina State Senate and won. He rose to the Senate’s highest office, President Pro Tempore, and chaired key committees.

Robert Burren Morgan had mastered the legislative process, and the experience he obtained in the State Senate served him well when he was later sent to the United States Senate by the voters of North Carolina.

During 1968, he challenged long-time incumbent Attorney General Wade Bruton in the Democratic Party primary, defeated him, and then won the General Election.

Robert Burren Morgan served one four-year term and then was re-elected.

Morgan served two years of that term and then resigned to run for the U.S. Senate.

After winning the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate in 1974, Morgan resigned as attorney general.

Morgan then won the general election over Republican William Stevens, garnering 63% of the vote.

He served as founding president of the North Carolina Center for Voter Education, a Raleigh, NC-based nonprofit and nonpartisan organization that seeks to increase civic engagement in North Carolina, from 2000 to 2003.

Morgan was president emeritus of that organization.

Robert Burren Morgan passed away at 90 years old at his home.

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