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Dr. Edward Morrish, a physician and surgeon of St. Louis, was born in Devonshire, England, September 2, 1872. His father, the late William Morrish, was also a native of England, where he followed agricultural pursuits. He married Elizabeth Cudmore, who was likewise born in Devonshire, and there both passed away, the father at the age of sixty-seven years and the mother in 1916, when seventy-three years of age. They had a family of twin sons and a daughter, the latter being Lucy, now the wife of J. Pennington, while Edmond, the twin of Edward, is now residing in England.
Dr. Morrish was educated in the schools of Devonshire and in 1892, when twenty years of age, sought the opportunities of the new world, crossing the Atlantic to America. He made his way at once to St. Louis, where he was employed in clerical lines, but at length he determined to engage in the practice of medicine and with this end in view entered the Beaumont Medical College in 1897, being there graduated with the M. D. degree in 1900. After completing his course he served for a year as interne in the St. Louis Protestant Hospital and then entered upon private practice, in which he has continued successfully to the present time. He does not specialize along a particular line but gives his attention to general practice with excellent results. In 1913 he lectured on dietetics in the College of Physicians and Surgeons. During the World war period he was connected with the United States Public Health Service, being located at Cambridge, Ohio, where he was commissioned an acting assistant surgeon.
On the 23d of November, 1904, Dr. Morrish was married in London, England, to Miss Fannie Puzey, a native of that city and a daughter of Thomas and Julia M. Puzey. They have become parents of two children: Edward Puzey, who was born in St. Louis, April 8, 1906; and Thelma Jessie, born in St. Louis, September 7, 1910.
The religious faith of the family is that of the Episcopal church and fraternally Dr. Morrish is connected with the Knights of Pythias. Politically he maintains an Independent course, voting for men and measures rather than party. He belongs to the St. Louis University Alumni Association and for diversion he turns to hunting and fishing. He came to America a young man of twenty years without capital but possessed of hope, courage and determination. His success is due to his own efforts and perseverance and as the architect of his own fortunes and reputation he has builded wisely and well. He spent the years 1903 and 1904 in London, where he pursued postgraduate work in Kings College Hospital, and since his graduation he has continued a close and discriminating student of the science of medicine, making steady progress along lines leading to prominence and success.