Thomas Robert Morrow Esq DIG, 33°
(Jan 24, 1857 - Nov 29, 1921) Born: Hartford, Connecticut
Member, Albert Pike Lodge #219
1888 - Charter Member, Kansas City Lodge #220
Past Master, Kansas City Lodge #220
Past Master, Albert Pike Lodge

1888 - 32° Consistory of Western MO, Valley of Kansas City
Charter Member - Life Member 1896
1888 - Knight Commander of the Court of Honour
1889 - Venerable Master, Adoniram Lodge of Perfection
1889-90 - Wise Master, Areiopagus Chapter of Rose Croix
1890-93 - Venerable Master of Kadosh in the Consistory
1890 - Coroneted 33° Inspector General Honorary
Past Deputy Inspector General, Valley of Kansas City

1886 - Member, Kansas City Royal Arch Chapter #28
Past High Priest, Kansas City Royal Arch Chapter #28
1892 - Master, Shekinah Council #24
1886 - Oriental Knight Templar, Commandery #35 KT
Past Commander, Oriental Knight Templar, Commandery #35 KT
Past Grand Commander, Grand Commandery of Missouri

1897-98 - Potentate, Ararat Shrine Temple

Co-Founder of the Masonic Orphans Home

Occupation: Attorney at Lathrop, Smith & Morrow, to Lathrop, Morrow & Fox (1885) then at Lathrop, Morrow, Fox & Moore.
Alumnus: Yale (1880), editor - Yale Currant, Ivy Committee member.
Yale Law School (1882) John Addison Porter Prize recipient.
Gubernatorial appointment: Kansas City Police Commissioner 1890-1893
Interred: Hartford, Connecticut

Thomas D. Morrow was born in Hartford, Connecticut, attending public schools there until his graduation from Hartford High School in 1876 and entered Yale College, where he was an editor for the Yale Currant and a member of the Ivy Committee, graduating in 1880. He completed Yale Law School in 1882 and opened an office for a short time in Hartford. He then became the only member of his family to travel west, finding himself in Kansas City where he established himself as a prominent Kansas City attorney in the law firm of Lathrop, Smith & Morrow later to become Lathrop, Morrow, Fox & Moore, reputed to be among the strongest law firms of western Missouri.

In 1900, Thomas was in charge of the Kansas City end of the reorganization of the Kansas City, Pittsburgh and Gulf Railroad into the Kansas City Southern Railroad and became the general attorney for Kansas City Southern. He also became the general attorney for the Sante Fe Railroad in Missouri and Iowa. Brother Morrow was also appointed to a term on the Kansas City, Missouri Board of Police Commissioners 1890-1893 by Governor David R. Francis.

Brother Morrow was a devoted Freemason. He was a charter member and past master of Kansas City Lodge #220. He served in various leadership positions in the Scottish Rite, serving as Venerable Master of the Adoniram Lodge of Perfection, Wise Master of Areiopagus Chapter of Rose Croix and as Venerable Master of Kadosh of the Consistory. He was described as being the Valley of Kansas City's first great liturgist and was coroneted a 33° Mason in 1890. Brother Morrow was also a dedicated Shriner and in 1897 was elected Potentate of Ararat Shrine. In the York Rite he was a member of the Kansas City Royal Arch Chapter #28, a past Master of Shekinah Council #24, a Knight Templar in Oriental Commandery #35 and was a Past Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of the State of Missouri.

Brother Morrow died suddenly November 29, 1921, at his home in Kansas City, from a hemorrhage of the throat. He had not been in good health following a nervous collapse in 1919. Mr. Morrow was survived by his wife, Flora EsteMe Morrow, daughter of Lorn an Lafayette and Almira (Jenks) Burt, and a brother, William Morrow, who lived in Hartford. He was buried in Spring Grove Cemetery, Hartford, Connecticut.
Ref: Encyclopedia of the History of Missouri: A Compendium of History and Biography for Ready Reference; Kansas City, Missouri: Its History and Its People, 1800-1908; Kansas City Times, Nov 30, 1921; Obituary Record of Yale Granduates 1921-1922.