Daniel Morrison Douglas


Daniel Morrison Douglas

Death 2 Jan 1996 (aged 85)
Burial Bentonville, Benton County, Arkansas, USA
Memorial ID 48239528 View Source

Information collected and written by Brandon Howard

Daniel Morrison Douglas was a former FBI agent, U.S. Marshal, and a Bentonville city administrator who retired to his native Benton County after more than 30 years of service in federal law enforcement.

A descendant of one of Benton County’s pioneer families, Morrison was born in 1910 to Marion and Emma Douglas. Morrison grew up when Northwest Arkansas was largely pastoral, attending a Bentonville school system that had only recently acquired a second building. But he furthered his education by joining his older brothers, Hal and Doke, at the University of Arkansas in the early 1930s.(1,2)

At the U of A, Morrison was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity and active in several student organizations, including serving as athletic editor of the 1931 Razorback. He graduated in 1932 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.(2,3)

Douglas joined the public sector after leaving college, taking a job in 1933 as an accountant with the federal Farm Credit Administration in St. Louis, Mo.(4)

After rising to chief accountant, Morrison left the agency in 1937 and joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Over the next three decades, his role as a special agent would take him across the country, with stints in disparate cities like Knoxville, Los Angeles, Little Rock and Hilo, Hawaii.(3)

Morrison married Jane Rogers of Wilkinsburg, Pa., three years after joining the FBI. The newlyweds soon moved to California, where Morrison served as senior resident of the FBI’s Fresno bureau.(3,5)

In the summer of 1940, Morrison embarked on one of the biggest assignments in his FBI career, relocating to Hawaii to become the first agent permanently assigned to the Big Island.6 In Hawaii, Morrison worked alongside esteemed FBI agent Robert L. Shivers, who helped maintain order on the island after the attack on Pearl Harbor and rebuffed arguments to intern the roughly 160,000 residents of Japanese ancestry.(7)

Jane, meanwhile, took an active role in the community. Utilizing her degree from Margaret Morrison Carnegie College, she revitalized the home economics portion of the Hawaii County Fair and introduced a fundraiser to aid the American Red Cross.(4,8)

The Morrisons had two children while stationed in Hawaii: Scott, born in September 1940, and Marshall, who arrived only three weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was delivered at a hospital during “blackout” hours that the U.S. Army implemented across the island in the wake of the bombings.(9,10)

The Morrisons returned to the mainland in 1945, and Dan took over the FBI’s office in Fort Smith. He worked there until retiring from the agency in 1960.4 After Dan retired, he and Jane moved to Bentonville, where Dan ran a small insurance company.(3)

Duty called again only two years later, when President John F. Kennedy appointed Morrison as a U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Arkansas. Morrison served as a U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Arkansas. Morrison served as marshal for eight years, stepping down in 1970. Lee Owen, the youngest sheriff ever elected in Benton County, succeeded Morrison in the position.(3,11,12)

Even at 60, with three careers behind him, Morrison didn’t stroll into retirement. His next job kept him in public service as Bentonville mayor G.J. Bonds appointed him the city’s director of administration.(12)

Dan’s decades long career in law enforcement and second-act as a public servant for the city of Bentonville reflect a strong streak of community service that stretches through the Douglas lineage.

Morrison’s brothers Hal and Charles also became FBI agents. Another sibling, Fred, helped establish the Bentonville Kiwanis Club and was active in several local service organizations, including the Chamber of Commerce, Westark Council, the Benton County Board of Education and the Boy Scouts.(14)

Dan’s grandfather, Thomas Hopkins Morrison, and his great uncle, Capt. James Marion Douglas, were both Confederate veterans. And his father, Marion Douglas, served as Bentonville mayor, county clerk and county collector in the early 1900s. Roughly 90 years later, Dan’s son, Scott, followed in his grandfather’s footsteps when he was elected twice as county collector.(15)

Dan served Mayor Banks and city council through 1975, when he retired for good.(12)

Jane, however, who remained a tireless advocate for home economics wherever she lived, died a year later in Bentonville. She was 61. Jane was survived by Dan and their children: Scott, Marshall, Kent and Rebecca; five grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.(3)

Morrison remarried in 1982, but had no other children. He died on Jan. 2, 1996, at age 85. He’s buried in the Bentonville Cemetery.(3,13)
Contributor: Charles Robin Rauch (46981671)

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