Originally created 01/01/00

William Morris



From his boyhood days as an Augusta Herald carrier to his college years at the University of Georgia, Bill Morris had newspapering and crusading in his blood. The year was 1945 when he acquired The Chronicle, where he had been working in managerial positions since 1931. (He bought the old Herald in 1955.)

Under his leadership the paper was courageous in exposing, and editorializing against the corrupt hold the Cracker Party had on Augusta. In 1946, he leaped into politics and, in a hard-fought campaign, was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives by beating the biggest Cracker of them all, Roy V. Harris. Downtown revitalization was pushed, Crackers were routed and Dwight Eisenhower was endorsed for president -- a political jolt felt all across the Democrat "Solid South."