Elected Day 1, 1961; served through 1967

No one took greater interest in reforming the work of the House of Deputies than Clifford Morehouse. He was elected as the second lay President of the House of Deputies and led the body for three consecutive terms. It was Morehouse who turned to the Deputy Charles Crump (legislator in the state of Tennessee) to reform the legislative process and bring greater discipline and openness to the work of General Convention. Morehouse was an author, editor and publisher. Born in Milwaukee in 1904, he graduated from Harvard with a B.A. in 1925 and received his M.A. from Marquette University in 1937. From 1925 to 1968 he was successively secretary, vice-president and president of the Morehouse-Barlow Publishing Company, while from 1926 to 1952 he was first the managing editor and subsequently the editor of The Living Church. In addition to these duties, Morehouse was a delegate to the World Council of Churches in Evanston, IL, from 1954 to 1968. He served as senior warden, vestry member and historiographer of Trinity Church, New York, and as a trustee at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. He was elected a member of Executive Council from 1967 to 1973. Morehouse published a number of books, including A Layman Looks at the Church. He died in Sarasota, Florida, in 1977.