January 10, 2020 - Issue: Vol. 166, No. 6 — Daily Edition116th Congress (2019 - 2020) - 2nd Session
RECOGNIZING STEWART MORRIS' 100TH BIRTHDAY AND THE MORRIS FAMILY CENTER FOR LAW AND LIBERTY AT HOUSTON BAPTIST UNIVERSITY; Congressional Record Vol. 166, No. 6
(Extensions of Remarks - January 10, 2020)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Pages E24-E25] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] RECOGNIZING STEWART MORRIS' 100TH BIRTHDAY AND THE MORRIS FAMILY CENTER FOR LAW AND LIBERTY AT HOUSTON BAPTIST UNIVERSITY ______ HON. BILL FLORES of texas in the house of representatives Friday, January 10, 2020 Mr. FLORES. Madam Speaker, I rise today to recognize Dr. Stewart Morris, who turned 100 years old on October 28, 2019. To commemorate this occurrence, Houston Baptist University hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking of the new Morris Family Center for Law and Liberty in honor of its namesake and founding father of the University, Dr. Stewart Morris. Growing up in Houston, Morris was known as a cantankerous boy. He notoriously adopted a pet leopard named Spot who he kept in his room to stop family members from entering his personal space. At the age of ten, Morris displayed a natural drive to succeed and started his first job as Office Boy at the family business, Stewart Title. He quickly worked his way up from running errands to making business transactions. In 1943, Morris experienced many major milestones. He graduated from The University of Texas with a BA, Southern Methodist University with a JD, and Columbia University with a Midshipman's degree all in the same year. Following his many academic accomplishments, Morris joined the Navy and married his wife Joella Mitchell. Together they were blessed with three children. As an officer in the Navy, Morris was sent to the South Pacific. A young and frightened sailor, Morris distinguished himself by working to establish discipline and order aboard his ship. Following the close of World War II in 1945, Morris returned home to Texas, where he resumed work at Stewart Title. Determined to expand the business, Morris began traveling all over Texas, picking up a pilot's license and became proficient in Spanish along the way. Under Morris' diligent leadership, Stewart Title grew rapidly from a local Houston business to an international powerhouse with offices in all 50 states, 13 foreign countries, and over 9,000 locations. His hunger for excellence, forward thinking-ethos, and deep faith in God inspired those around him. It was often said by his peers that ``when Morris was at the helm of a project, it seemed like nothing was impossible.'' It was this same sense of passion and joy for life that made Morris the perfect leader to pioneer the establishment of a new Christian college in Houston, Texas. In 1952, Morris joined the Union Baptist Association in raising funds and assessing land for the new Houston Baptist University. For the past 67 years, Morris dedicated countless hours of his time and generous financial contributions to this community. A peer once said about Morris that ``there is no single person more influential in the founding and earliest history of HBU.'' On his 100th birthday, the Houston Baptist University community joined together in celebrating the life and accomplishments of Dr. Stewart Morris with the ceremonial groundbreaking of the Morris Family Center for Law and Liberty. This new center will work to promote a greater understanding and appreciation for our nations history and founding principles amongst students. Madam Speaker, Dr. Stewart Morris has lived a long life filled with love, joy, and dedicated to his belief that ``its more blessed to give than to receive.'' I am proud to recognize him on this joyous occasion and know that his family and friends love him and are proud of him. I wish Morris many more years of health and happiness. I have requested that a United States flag be flown over our Nation's Capitol to recognize Dr. Stewart Morris' 100th Birthday. As I close today, I urge all Americans to continue to pray for our country, for our veterans, for our military men and women who protect us, and for our first responders who keep us safe at home. [[Page E25]] ____________________