About the Author
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|James Lord Morrisson was born in Chicago in 1917. He graduated from Harvard University with high honors; attended Columbia University Law School, was editor-in-chief of the Columbia Law Review, and graduated with honors.
He then was law clerk to Chief Justice Stone of the U.S. Supreme Court. Justice Stone recommended him for the Operations Analysis Section of the Office of Strategic Services; and he served in the OSS in High Wycombe, England during World War II under the Eighth Air Force. While overseas he got to know some of the local people and played string quartets with them on a borrowed cello.
After the war he served in the U.S. Office of the Solicitor General. He argued a number of cases in the United States Supreme Court and dealt with issues of major constitutional significance. As a Government attorney, he served in several other capacities, including working directly with U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy.
He took early retirement from the U.S. Government and taught a college course in government.
From his university years and on, he also pursued interests in music . As a baritone, he sang in operas, oratorios and song recitals in five languages; he also directed a choir and taught singing. As a cellist, he played string quartets informally with three other attorneys for many years and also played in a community symphony orchestra for two years.
But in his sixties he became a Christian and earned an M.A. in Biblical Studies. Scripture then became his focus and essence.
He lived in Richmond, Virginia with his wife Frances, and died in April 2005 at age 88, shortly before their 64th anniversary. They have three children (Maria, Robert and Douglas); two grandsons (Matthew and Michael); and four great grandchildren.