Moses & David Morris, Early Jewish Pioneers and Civic Leaders of Helena, Montana


Moses & David Morris

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Moses Morris was born in 1844 in Posen, a Polish Provence recently taken over by Prussia.

His brother, David Morris was born there in 1849.

Their parents were Joachim Morris and Esther Schlesinger Morris.


Along the way . . . .

Moses Morris journeyed to the United States in 1858.

He lived in St. Paul, Minnesota for two years.

In 1860, Moses Morris traveled behind a wagon train from Leavenworth, Kansas to Denver, Colorado.


Around 1860, David Morris journeyed to the United States.

He headed West to Denver Colorado, where he joined his brother, Moses Morris, in business.


In 1963, David Morris headed to Virginia City, Montana.

Moses Morris also planned to head West, but was delayed due the unfortunate circumstances of his vehicle getting caught in a snowstorm.

In 1864, after his rescue, Moses Morris joined his brother, David, in Virginia City, Montana.


Helena, Montana

In 1865, the Morris brothers opened a crockery shop and a mercantile business in Helena, Montana.

Moses Morris invested in real estate, cattle and banks.

In 1867, Moses Morris built the first plaster home in Helena.

Moses Morris founded the electric light and street railway companies in Helena.


In 1888, David Morris left Helena.

Moses Morris retired from the businesses.



Moses Morris served on the Helena Chamber of Commerce for 9 years.

He served as Treasurer of the Republican State Central Committee and Corresponding Treasurer of the Union League.



Moses Morris was the first President of the United Hebrew Benevolent Association and an active member of Congregation Emanu-El.



Moses Morris was a lifelong member of the Masonic Lodge No. 3 and the King Solomon’s Lodge No. 9, where he was the Master of the Lodge for 13 years.



In 1878, Moses Morris married Emma Anson.

Together, they had 5 children.


Moses Morris died in 1937 and is buried at the Home of Peace Cemetery in Helena, Montana.

David Morris died in 1905 and is buried at the Home of Peace Cemetery in Helena, Montana.




Samantha Silver is our Curator for this Moses & David Morris Exhibit.

We need pictures and more information to help fill out this exhibit.