Past Commander Biography

Gov. Crapo Camp No. 145

Department of Michigan
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

William R. Morris, PCC
Camp Commander - 1998

The Brothers of Gov. Crapo Camp No. 145 elected William R. Morris of Flushing, Commander on 19 November 1997. He was installed as Commander on 16 January 1998. Brother Morris was the Camp's fifth Commander.

He traces his Civil War roots to his third great grandfather, John Hayes, Private, Co. E, 8th Tennessee Mounted Infantry, United States Volunteers. Brother Morris also has a number of other ancestors that who rendered service to the United States as soldiers in the 2nd Tennessee Mounted Infantry, U.S. Volunteers, the 10th Tennessee Infantry, U.S. Volunteers, and the 46th Ohio Volunteer Infantry.

Brother Morris has served in many Camp Offices including Secretary, Junior Vice Commander, Senior Vice Commander. He is a former Camp Guard Commanding Officer. Brother Morris served as Senior Vice Commander for the Department of Michigan and as the Adjutant of the 30th Michigan Infantry, Sons of Veterans Reserve (Department Color Guard).

Active in various and sundry historic preservation and research projects, Brother Morris is also a member of the following organizations: the 8th Air Force Historical Society, the Davison Lodge 236 Free and Accepted Masons, the U.S. Life-Saving Service Heritage Association, the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association, and Co. C, 8th Michigan Volunteer Infantry reenactment group.